Missouri Legal Update
2022 Lesson 3: Legal Update
This is an online legal update course for Missouri police officers. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to law enforcement officers regarding:
whether the failure to give a barricaded suspect Miranda warnings will render the suspect’s statements to a crisis negotiator inadmissible; whether a conversation between two officers will constitute an interrogation of the prisoner they are transporting;
whether motorists can be so intoxicated that they lose their capacity to provide a valid refusal of implied consent; when an officer will have probable cause/reasonable grounds upon which to arrest the motorist for driving while intoxicated;
how understanding the concept of “clearly established law” can help officers avoid excessive use of force lawsuits against them;
how a general description of a getaway vehicle and the vehicle's temporal (relating to time) and geographic proximity to a crime scene can factor into whether an officer has reasonable suspicion to make a Terry stop; and
circumstances under which an officer will have reasonable, articulable suspicion to justify extending a traffic stop.