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Ken Wallentine

Law Enforcement and the Law

Ken Wallentine is the chief of the West Jordan (Utah) Police Department and former chief of law enforcement for the Utah Attorney General. He has served over four decades in public safety, is a legal expert and editor of Xiphos, a monthly national criminal procedure newsletter. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death and serves as a use of force consultant in state and federal criminal and civil litigation across the nation.

A parolee asked the trial court to suppress the evidence, arguing the search of his phone and house violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights
Based on the “totality of the circumstances,” the officer had reasonable suspicion to extend the traffic stop in a drug courier case
Let’s be clear, the myth that talking equals breathing has been debunked over and over again
Parents sue for excessive force based on “officer-created danger,” but qualified immunity granted based on suspect’s manifest intentions
After making a citizen’s arrest of a drunk motorist, an Uber driver (and former cop) is arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer
The appellate court began by citing other cases in which the court “held that it’s reasonable for officers to tase fleeing suspects”
A SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on the wrong house, resulting in the injury of an occupant and a lawsuit
Is placing two suspects in a room together an interrogation? Can Miranda rights be violated without an interrogation?
The court rules on whether a dog sniff or the vehicle inventory and impound led to the extension of the traffic stop
In a recent case, the court reviews police use of force on a compliant subject over the course of a traffic stop