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?
By Gary Minor, criminal justice faculty at American Military University
On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the ability to conduct blanket searches of cell phones from an arrested person violated the Fourth Amendment. The case was a combination of two cases: No.
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.
By Leischen Stelter
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case that could impact police department’s DUI procedures. Specifically, the Court will decide whether police must get a warrant before they order a blood test from an unwilling suspect.
In the case of State of Missouri v.