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Questions tagged [police]

Questions related to the civil force of a state, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.

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Is the there a term for state (or local) officers not caring about enforcing federal law?

I think it's generally accepted that in the US: state officers cannot be compelled to enforce federal law. For more details as to why that is accepted: In Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898, ...
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Am I inherently a class traitor for working for law enforcement, from Marxist lens? [closed]

Recently, a friend of mine said I'm guilty of class betrayal for wanting to work in law enforcement because the allegiance of law enforcement lies with the state, and the state is inherently against ...
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Is there an international consensus about Privacy vs Security (How Much Data Should We Collect?)

On the one hand, privacy gives people leeway for free thought, freedom of expression, and criticism without fear of personal consequences. On the other hand, security ensures the structural integrity ...
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Autonomy of Delhi Police

What kind of control does the Delhi government have over the Delhi Police? I just read an NDTV news report that a Delhi MP slapped a police officer in uniform in front of a crowd: Was Pushed, Says ...
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Why do nations tend to mandate that police hires be personally more scrupulous than average?

Often the main thing with a job is that it be done well, and the practical distinction between the quality of separate workers is how well they do a job. For example, given a choice between hiring ...
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Do police really care about drug dealers? [closed]

If we are to believe the statistics, a lot of young people take drugs or have "experimented in college" with or without inhaling. Now some of these people will end up in the police force tasked with ...
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What prevents states and counties in the US from combining drivers license and registration data?

When stopped for a traffic infraction in the United States most (all?) officers ask for license and registration. They are legally allowed to demand this information on request as a condition of ...
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Political distinction between Surveillance and Wiretapping?

In a recent comment Kdog alludes to: ...those guys that think electronic surveillance and wiretapping semantic differences are somehow important. In the US, is this distinction procedurally ...
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Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber [closed]

Recently in Brazil, an armed thief tried to robber several mothers and children at the exit of a school during Mother's day. However, an off-duty policewoman shoot three times in his chest and he died ...
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Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name?

The name of the dead suspect for the Münster attack is “Jens R.”, according to ZDF. Is it normal for the German government to only release a partial name for a crime as serious as this? (Assuming ...
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Pickpockets in St Peter's Square

I read that the Lateran Treaty (which created the Vatican City State) specifically allows Italian police to patrol St. Peter's Square, even though the square is within Vatican City. Practically, what ...
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What is the difference between the Guardia Civil and the Policia Nacional in Spain?

It seems that in Spain there are two separate police forces under the authority of Madrid: the Guardia Civil and the Policia Nacional. Why is that? And what is the difference between the two?
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Is there a correlation between armed security and casualties of people working in security?

I am working for a private security company. We currently have a debate about whether carrying firearms would improve our safety or make our job even more dangerous. Is anyone aware of any study ...
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Has privately funded national policing ever been implemented?

Has privately funded national policing ever been implemented? In a low-tax or even zero tax system, one would assume there would still need to be some kind of legal system in place and the only way I ...
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Can racial profiling (by police) in the United States be explained simply by the socioeconomic status of the suspect?

This a devil's advocate question, because I don't know of a study/data to directly answer this comment on skeptics. However, I cannot reraise that as a question there because I can't find any notable ...
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How did the FBI decide antifa were anarchists?

US security services DHS and FBI have studied the "antifa" movement and described its members as anarchists and terrorists. Honestly, I was not aware of any antifa terror attacks, nor any connection ...
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Why Michael Brown shooting is still being used as an example of police violence against minorities?

It was proved that the officer had the right to use deadly force when Brown was charging at him, yet people still use it as an example of unjustified police violence; for example in this article (but ...
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Would it save lives in London to arm every individual police officer?

Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, said on the radio this morning that she continued to be opposed to ordinary police officers in London being routinely armed. Britain ...
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Is the Department of Homeland Security a federal police force?

I was reading this article from CNN about protests in Portland, OR. It rather blithely references a "federal police". Something that I was under the impression did not actually exist but these ...
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Did the US accidentally syndicalize its police force? (or something similar?)

Could the USA's police (or at least portions of it,) be considered a example of syndicalism? While not entirely due to it, their union has been able to get them military equipment to use, lax ...
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Do black people in America really face tougher consequences for the same crime committed by a white person?

I heard about this new "political" Snoop Dog video and the lyrics having a personal meaning to Snoop Doggy Dog where according to a USA TODAY interview with him: In an interview with Billboard, ...
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Is There a “Pig Painting” Timeline?

On May 6th 2016, Representative Lacy Clay congratulated David Pulphus on his painting "Untitled #1" and at some point the painting made it to Washington where Representative Clay hung it in the Cannon ...
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Why aren't police obliged to keep the information about terrorists secret?

After the terrorist attack in Berlin, the media started to broadcast much information about the people involved. It seems to me that this just supports the terrorists' motivation of fame and allows ...
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Do United States police officers answer to the president before the mayor?

Many mayors of major US cities are claiming that they were not implement some of President-elect Trump's orders regarding deportation. Would the police be obligated to listen to the mayor and ignore ...
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Did the current president of the Philippines clean up the city of Davao and if so, how?

The city of Davao in southern Mindanao, Philippines is a very safe city. You can walk almost anywhere there at any time of day or night. But Davao is situated in an area that is very dangerous for ...
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers? [closed]

This film described how the corrupt government police murdered Fred Hampton in his home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tlw_Kp0By10 Most black people felt that was unjust. Yet, most black people ...
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Why do policemen in Germany still carry lethal firearms instead of non-lethal ones?

The death penality is abolished in Germany. Wouldn't it be prudent to also outlaw the killing of criminals in danger situations when it would be possible to stun them efficiently in the same time?
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Are there areas of London the police are afraid to enter?

From The Daily Mail (online): The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: 'We have ...
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Why has the shooting of Laquan McDonald become a focal point of protest and media attention?

As Wikipedia puts it, "McDonald, a 17-year-old black male armed with a 3-inch (76 mm) knife, was shot 16 times in 13 seconds by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke." However, the strong impartiality ...
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Can I escape arrest by entering an embassy?

Police are not allowed to enter embassies by force. Would I be able to therefore escape arrest if I entered my country's embassy? What about if I entered a random embassy? Please also advise whether ...
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Can the U.S. President force all police officers to wear cameras?

In light of the many petitions to the White House about forcing state, county and local police officers to wear cameras, I'd like to know if the President even has the authority to mandate that.
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How are criminal cases with citizens from rogue states handled?

How does international policing work for countries that are not part of Interpol and do not have extradition treaties in place? For example if a North Korean citizen was suspected of murdering a ...
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Without government, wouldn't warlords take over? [closed]

In an Anarcho-capitalist society, where there is no government, wouldn't warlords of competing factions take over?
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When a police officer asks your origin and destination, what are my legal rights? [closed]

I understand the 10 rules for dealing with the police and that you dont talk to the police but if you are stopped by the police and they ask you where you have been and where you are going, how should ...
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What is considered acceptable behavior by policemen stopping a person to ascertain guilt? [closed]

I was stopped by some police officers in Salem, NH today. They received a report that a person matching my description had been in a bank and had presented 3 IDs to them and that ultraviolet scanning ...
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What is the Miranda exemption and what are its implications?

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was not read his Miranda rights immediately due to a "public safety" exemption: A senior United States official said Monday that federal ...
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Granting Search Warrants after the suspect has been pronounced dead

The recent mass shooting at a school in Connecticut weighs heavy on our minds, but when listening to the coverage I noticed something that I could never understand. When the State is prosecuting a ...
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Why are Sheriffs elected in United States?

In other parts of the world the police's chiefs are selected by the city mayor or the city council, but in almost all counties of United States they are elected. Why are they elected, and not ...