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Court Rules on Civilian Drones Used to Record Police

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, are increasingly popular devices used by citizens and law enforcement agencies alike. However, the regulations about operating drones remain undefined by the court system and the FAA. Police agencies around the country are evaluating and adopting new policies about how they operate drones as well as how they interact with citizens using such devices. Read about a recent court decision involving a man using a drone to record an active accident scene. What are the impacts of this ruling on police agencies?

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Solving Crime Versus Right to Privacy

By Tamara Herdener, professor of Legal Studies at American Public University

As with many aspects of the American legal system, the question of whether or not police can collect DNA upon arrest is answered by balancing interests. The legal scale weighs how much such collection intrudes on an individual’s privacy interests with how much such collection advances government interests of preventing and solving crimes.

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?