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Illegal Aliens and the 14th Amendment

With a new presidential election on the horizon, there is a growing group of candidates vying for the nation’s leading office. One of the main issues of discussion is the problem with illegal aliens, specifically those from Mexico. Some candidates would order deportation of all aliens and others would abolish citizenship rights for children born of illegal aliens. Based on these proposals, it seems that these candidates have little working knowledge of immigration law. AMU professor Gary Minor discusses laws and the Supreme Court rulings that impact citizenship.

Pursuits, Use of Force, and the Influence of Public Perceptions on Policing

Some of us in law enforcement remember when high-speed pursuits were the order of the day. Patrol cars with powerful engines, great tires, and tuned suspensions were a warning to anyone who thought about trying to run from the police. Pursuits that involved police from multiple jurisdictions and covered long distances were fairly common.

Then, something happened.

Learn more about how public perception has driven change in policing and the battle currently being fought about police use of force.

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Collect DNA Upon Arrest, But Can The System Handle It?

By Leischen Stelter

June 3, 2013 was a historic day for police agencies across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that law enforcement officers are not violating the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches by collecting DNA samples from suspects arrested for a “serious offense.” “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority, according to this news article.

DNA Collection In Question: Supreme Court to Rule on Police Ability to Collect DNA from Suspects

By Leischen Stelter The ability of law enforcement to take DNA samples from a person arrested for a felony offense will soon be under review by the United States Supreme Court. On Nov. 9 the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take on Maryland v. Alonzo Jay King, Jr., a case that could have national implications for law enforcement regarding how arrested subjects are processed, what biological or biometric samples may be taken from those subjects, and what investigative use may be made of those samples. What is the potential impact on law enforcement?