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NCJ Number: 147786 Find in a Library
Journal: Crime to Court, Police Officer's Handbook  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:complete issue
Author(s): J C Coleman
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 24
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These articles discuss legal issues regarding the permissible use of force by police during investigatory stops of criminal suspects without probable cause to believe that the suspect is engaged in perpetrating some crime and police procedural issues related to precursor chemicals used in illicit drug production.
Abstract: In the case of United States v. Weaver, the appellate court was faced with the question of whether or not police officers used excessive force in making an investigatory stop of a suspect. Based on all the facts of the case, the appellate court agreed that force may be used to make an investigatory stop and that excessive force was not used in this case. The other article notes that police officers must be aware of precursor chemicals due to the hazard they pose to police on routine patrol. These dangerous chemicals can explode, burst into flame, or give off poisonous or caustic fumes. They are equal to the power of firearms in their potential to cause death or serious injury. Therefore, police should use caution when they believe they may be near these substances. Photographs and questions and answers
Main Term(s): Police legal limitations
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Hazardous substances or materials; Investigative powers; Search and seizure training
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