LAW ENFORCEMENT - Page |1 *A citizen can be charged with...

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P a g e | 1 *A citizen can be charged with false imprisonment - ex, locking someone into a bathroom, closet, etc. usually only found when rape, beating, or other exigent circumstances occur. *Defenses to Civil Suit 1) Good faith/good belief - if it was found to have probable cause, judge signed off, and all is in order by policy, the police are protected because they acted with good faith/good belief. EX> TN vs. Garner—when they shot him, it was a legal shoot. At the time, it was within policy, state law, how the officer was trained- even though the law was changed after, he was still protected. 2) Probable cause - body of evidence or facts to prove to a reasonable person that the act has been committed by the accused. 3) Qualified immunity - generally speaking, officers who exercise appropriate discretion enjoy qualified immunity. 4) Absolute immunity- Judges hold absolute immunity. If acting as the judge and make decisions as judge, they enjoy absolute immunity. Even if the judge lets someone out of jail who was a rapist on bail and they commit another rape, he still is immune. Prosecutors generally hold absolute immunity as well. **What is associated with civil lawsuits?
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course JUS 103 taught by Professor Dr.griffin during the Fall '09 term at California University of Pennsylvania.

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