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“No-Knock” Warrants and Your Rights in South Carolina

By Julian Allen on November 21, 2022

A “No-knock warrant” is any search warrant issued by a judge that does not require law enforcement officers to knock and announce their presence before entering a particular premises. Police obtain no-knock warrants to maintain the element of surprise, so suspects have no opportunity to destroy evidence or arm themselves. Although they serve a purpose under certain circumstances, no-knock warrants come with problems and risks.

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Police Body Cameras – When They Turn Them On and Off

By Julian Allen on September 6, 2022

The intended purpose of police body cameras is to increase the public’s trust when it comes to police officers on duty. Police tactics have taken center stage recently, so body cameras have been employed to ensure that officers are following protocol.

Body cameras can ensure transparency and accountability in our police departments. However, officers are able to turn off or mute their body cameras at any given moment, which creates a flaw in the operation of these cameras.

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Were You a Victim of Police Brutality?

By Julian Allen on February 25, 2022

Police officers have a duty to serve and protect citizens. This duty must be upheld under all circumstances. When police officers believe they are above the law, it is inevitable that they will abuse their power.

While making an arrest, police officers are only allowed to use the amount of force necessary to subdue the suspect. Anything beyond that is excessive, and this type of inappropriate police behavior must not be tolerated.

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What You Should Do When Pulled Over by Police in South Carolina

By Julian Allen on February 1, 2022

Seeing flashing blue and red lights from a police car in your rear-view mirror is never fun. Depending on your previous encounters with law enforcement or from what you’ve witnessed on the news, your interactions with officers might make you very nervous.

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