DANGEROUS CROSSROADS AHEAD: The Intersection of the First & Fourth Amendments
Officers in the field are increasingly ecountering citizens boldly asserting what they think are constitutional rights guaranteed by the First and Fourth Amendments. This course examines the crossroads where these two constitutional principles intersect and provides practical tips for dealing with people who may be legitimately exercising constitutional rights, and others who are actively trying to bait officers into overreaction.
Topics to be explored include refusal to identify, refusal to answer questions, dealing with bystanders, profanity towards officers, filming of police activity and police facilities, related officer safety concerns, weapons pat downs, and the seizure of cameras or cell phones that have recorded police activity.
Cost: Free for members of the NCLM Workers’ Compensation & Property & Liability Trust; $60 for others
Course Instructor: Scott MacLatchie is a Charlotte-based attorney who defends officers and agencies in civil rights litigation. Drawing from his years of experience in the courtroom and on patrol conducting saturation enforcement for a major California agency, Scott has develped this half-day training program to assist officers in navigating the "dangerous crossroads" of the First and Fourth Amendments. Scott has taught at police academies around the country, and holds a criminal justice instructor certification from the country, and holds a criminal justice instructor certification from the State of North Carolina.
June 16, 8 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center1913 Hickory BlvdLenoir, NC 28645
Any questions should be directed to Matthew A. Selves, Public Safety Risk Management Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-902-2692.