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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.

The Supreme Court isn’t as anxious to reinforce the doctrine of qualified immunity as some critics claim
The court decides whether to grant law enforcement officers qualified immunity for failure to render medical care following an overdose
In a recent case, the court determines whether a traffic stop was legally extended based on reasonable suspicion
As long as suspects hide or circumstances warrant no-knock actions, there will be property damage
The court rules that the officers had no reasonable suspicion to conduct a Terry frisk in this recent case
A recent case takes a look at an alleged false arrest for the failure to produce identification during an investigation
A recent appellate case takes a look at the question: Can police require vehicle passenger identification?
A recent case reminds us that a friendly conversation (talk nice, think mean) doesn’t create a custodial interrogation
A recent case involving law enforcement provides an opportunity for a closer look
The appellate court began its analysis by noting that a charging vehicle can be a deadly weapon