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Concerned Citizens in Cleveland Push for Police Reform

In a democratic system, the people have the freedom to decide which issues are most important to them. In Cleveland, the people have spoken. They believe that police brutality in Ohio is a key issue, and they want police reform initiatives in…
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Can a police officer in Iowa use coercive questioning to get a suspect to admit to a crime?

If a law enforcement officer uses coercive questioning tactics to get an individual to confess to a crime, whether they are guilty or not, the statement they provide cannot be used against them in court. This is because the Fifth Amendment of…
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Police Brutality in Iowa

Police brutality is the use of excessive or unnecessary force on a member of the public or a suspect by law enforcement. For many decades police brutality went unnoticed by the general public. People of color had long been the victims of police…
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Did a police officer violate my civil rights in an Iowa traffic stop?

Iowa - February 3, 2021 Iowa City's Police Department officials hope new guidance on traffic stops will prioritize public safety and decrease negative and unnecessary interactions with law enforcement personnel. Referencing the collection…
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Iowa drivers who speed or violate other traffic laws may face fines and lawsuits

Cedar Rapids, IA - Driving at high speeds is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do, and it is a common cause of motor vehicle collisions. The state of Iowa has legislated to attempt to deter this kind of behavior, however law enforcement…
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Iowa City police shoot a suicidal man during a mental health check

A common form of police brutality is when an officer fires their gun in a situation where it is not necessary to do so. Victims are often killed or seriously injured when this happens.  A report identified the officer from Coralville, Iowa…
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Iowa investigation concludes that police were justified in killing a shooting suspect

The details of a final report and an investigation of a police involved shooting in Davenport, Iowa were released to the public after approximately three months.  Police respond with lethal force when suspects fire on their truck The…
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Iowa City demonstrators may have been wrongfully arrested for stealing documents from police

Residents in Iowa City were concerned that police may have been using fabricated or inapplicable charges to arrest and charge protesters while using unnecessary force to make arrests.  Protesters steal sensitive information and share it…
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa Police Officer Fired After Admitting to Intentionally Turning Off His Audio Recording During a Traffic Stop

Police body cameras are an invaluable resource in police misconduct cases as they provide unaltered audio and visuals of an encounter between an officer and a civilian/suspect. When police tamper with their body cams to prevent from having their…
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Dubuque Police And Sheriff’s Office in Iowa Sued For Police Brutality

The Dubuque County Sheriff and the Dubuque Police Department in Iowa are being sued for excessive force employed by two officers. Tiffani Anderson filed a lawsuit on August 20th, 2019 against Officers Ryan Scherrman and Robert Freund for an…
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Did a police officer violate my 4th Amendment right during a traffic stop in Iowa?

In the State of Iowa a police officer cannot search an automobile during a traffic stop unless they have probable cause to do so, which means they have visual evidence needed to conduct searches, make arrests or formally obtain a search warrant.…
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Can a Cedar Rapids Police Officer search my car without a warrant in Iowa?

  A police officer cannot search an automobile during a traffic stop unless there is probable cause.  The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizure…