Any system by which some members of society act in an organized manner to promote adherence to the law by discovering and punishing persons who violate the rules and norms governing that society.

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Did Donald Trump mount his flag on a man-made hill at Mar-a-Lago, West Palm Beach, Florida to skirt the law? [duplicate]

Although your No.12,Q&A makes reference to my question, it does NOT provide a definitive answer. Did Donald Trump mount his flag on a man-made hill at Mar-a-Lago, West Palm Beach, Florida in ...
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Is this protest sign referring to Europe?

Is the above picture, of a woman holding a sign with the text You can get raped but not protest against rape # World's largest democracy referring to Europe? Example tweets: 1 (containing ...
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How common are air marshals?

I've heard/read a couple of times that there are air marshals on every international flight. But this doesn't seem to make much sense. Maybe they're only on flights that go to important cities like ...
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Can mobile phone cell towers be spoofed in ways that allow interception of calls?

There are multiple forms of evidence that people can spoof cell towers and monitor cells. This Forbes article reports a proof of concept that works for 2G technology. This article from The Register ...
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Was a self-driving car pulled over by police for the first time last month (November 2015)?

I read in this Bloomberg article Google cars have been in 17 minor crashes in 2 million miles (3.2 million kilometers) of testing. [...] Ten days later, a Mountain View motorcycle cop ...
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Can Danish policemen refuse to provide ID when asked?

This Guardian article makes the (unsourced) claim that (emphasis mine): There is more than a whiff of the police state about the fact that Danish policeman refuse to display ID numbers and can ...
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Are US cops trained to escalate the violence? [closed]

While in many countries the policemen are trained to de-escalate or are even legally bound to do so, US cops kill suspects so often, because allegedly escalation is part of their training. Allegedly ...
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Did a criminal call smartphone encryption a “gift from God”?

An article on Ars Technica reports on a rant against Apple made by New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., for including strong encryption in their iPhone OS. One claim he made jumps out ...
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Are a majority of the FBI's most wanted fugitive murderers born outside the USA?

American News posted an article in defense of some recent comments by Donald Trump. They say: 'the Center for Immigration Studies reported that “57 of the 76 fugitive murderers most wanted by the ...
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Did Gina Grant serve only 12 months in prison for killing her mother?

Today, a professor of ethics was discussing the story of Gina Grant, a straight-A student, aged 14, who stabbed her mother to death by a crystal candlestick with the help of her boyfriend who tried to ...
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Can you legally drive away when Wisconsin police officer knocks on your car window?

So I came across this article: When a Cop Knocks on the Window, Just Drive Away (in Wisconsin) Earlier this month, the state's Supreme Court ruled that a tap on the glass does not in and of itself ...
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Is this an excerpt of a police report by Floyd Mayweather's son?

A claim has been circulating on Twitter with an attached image: Dear Boxing Fans: This is the guy you are supporting tomorrow, from the hand of his young son. #MayweatherPacquiao I'm not ...
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Did the FBI fake an entire field of forensic science? [closed]

This recent article from Slate claims that the FBI faked an entire field of forensic science.
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Are there more outstanding warrants in Ferguson than residents?

The Guardian quotes Matt Pearce as saying: Remember that in Ferguson, there are huge, huge, huge numbers of outstanding warrants. More warrants than residents. Is this true? How could that be ...
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Do police interrogation techniques “work” on the innocent? [closed]

Police use a number of techniques designed to get suspects to confess or to contradict themselves or other evidence. Are these techniques also capable of getting innocent suspects to confess or give ...
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Are the UK and Sweden in violation of international law with respect to detaining Julian Assange?

According to https://freeassangenow.org/faq and https://justice4assange.com/: Why do the UK and Sweden disobey international law? There is a conflict between the United Kingdom’s obligations ...
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Is it against the law to mispronounce Arkansas?

There are many sources that claim that it is illegal to pronounce Arkansas incorrectly and you can be fined for doing so. My favorite law is one designed to get Northerners into trouble. That's ...
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Does everyone have a unique set of fingerprints? [duplicate]

Fingerprints are often used by law enforcement to identify individuals, even with a partial print. Are there any cases where people had the same fingerprints? Is there a limit to the number of unique ...
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Do U.S. police (sheriff) departments earn money with drug busts?

Allegedly there is disproportionate amount of U.S. police effort to perform drug bust versus fighting other classes of crimes, as the law allows them to confiscate property, which then can be sold ...
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Does saying “off the record” allow lawyers to make admissions without legal ramifications?

When I'm watching a show like "Law & Order", I'm always curious if the following scenario is reality or just a handy plot device of television and fiction : A discussion plays out between the ...
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Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?

I've been recently downloading PuTTY from the official page and I have noticed a message stating: LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is ...
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Is “Laying Low for Awhile” an Effective Tactic in Avoiding Felony Questioning?

It's a common trope in movies that after someone performs a felony (even murder), if one "lays low for awhile" the case will more or less fade away. Putting aside the obvious advantage that ...
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Was there an unsuccessful raid by a SWAT team on the CyberBunker?

According to CyberBunker, a Dutch Police SWAT team attempted a raid on their property but were so unsuccessful in gaining entry that staff didn't even notice the attempts until they reviewed the ...
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Is there a connection between the declination of a last meal and whether or not a person’s guilt has been posthumously disputed and challenged?

The documentary Last Supper (IMDb / full video on Vimeo) by Mats Bigert, and Lars Bergstrom released in 2005 suggests that there is a connection between the declination of a last meal and whether or ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Are SWATs in the US mostly used for serving marijuana warrants?

I've seen following claims made by pro-legalization lobby: SWATs are used more often for drug warrants than to deal with any violent crimes most of these warrants are for marijuana significant ...
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Do longer yellow lights increase traffic hazards?

CBS SF Bay Area published an article about the debate surrounding CA Assembly Bill 612, which would increase the duration of yellow signals for intersections with red-light cameras. An opponent of ...
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Have the USDA bullied (allegedly criminal) raisin-marketers?

I wanted some insight on this article, as I have not been to this website before and the claims seem over the top to me. 64-year-old federal raisin-marketing program that can require raisin ...
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Does Hamas execute drug offenders? [closed]

A CNN VICE documentary claims: We visited Gaza's central prison, where drug users and drug smugglers alike are locked in a communal cell, their sentences ranging anywhere from one month, to death ...
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Who killed Martin Luther King Jr?

Nearly 45 years ago, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis Tennessee. James Earl Ray, a fugitive on the run, was arrested in London and extradited to Tennessee. ...
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Police tip lines, are they huge source of false reports?

In police procedurals media coverage and rewards are often depicted as resulting in a huge number of false reports. Often depicting hundreds or in extreme cases thousands of false tips. Do any ...
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Is the judicial system biased against men?

We often hear the claim that men are treated unfairly in relation to women by the Judicial System. One example of the claim can be found here. The article claims that: Women shoplifters were ...
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Did a man get sentenced to 18 months in prison for accidentally texting a sexually explicit message to his complete address book?

The following article claims that a man in England was sentenced to 18 months in jail for mistakenly blasting on his complete address book using Blackberry Messenger Service a sexually explicit text ...
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Can a trained human eye catch microexpressions?

Microexpressions were validated in this question: Do involuntary "microexpressions" betray liars? But can a human eye (as opposed to a frame by frame analysis of a high-speed video) detect ...
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Has anyone innocent ever been arrested because of contraband that was planted in their luggage?

There is a question on travel.SE asking what to do if some culprit planted contraband in your luggage. There are some links provided to cases where this is suspected to have happened. Being able to ...
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Do police have easy access to building plans?

This is a movie and police-procedural TV-show cliche that we all know: The police captain (or insert-your-favourite-law-enforcement-officer) realises he (I can't recall it ever being a she.) has a "...
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Are black cars more likely to be stopped by police than white cars?

I'm buying a new car, and I've heard that black cars appear more menacing and receive a proportionally higher amount of stops from police, with white receiving the least. Is there any truth to this?
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Are Police and Army training made tough to ensure that the personnel learn to follow orders?

Army and police training are physically daunting tasks; everyone knows that. One particular reason is to make the trainees physically strong and fit. But, on more than one occasion, I have heard ...
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How often do law enforcement authorities commandeer civilian transportation?

You've seen the movies: the cop-action-hero's car blows up and he is forced to bust out his gun and his badge and commandeer a civilian's vehicle for transportation. How often does this actually ...
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Does addressing the issues focused on by the Broken Windows theory have a measurable impact on crime?

These are excerpts from what could be considered the source for the Broken Windows theory (emphasis added): [A]t the community level, disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked, in a kind ...
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You have the right to one phone call when arrested - A Hollywood myth?

(Image Source) According to Cracked.com the "one phone call" rule is a Hollywood invention. They base this on the information this attorney gives: The one phone call is another one of the ...
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How accurate are fingerprints at identifying somebody?

In the movies, fingerprints identification always works, with no mistakes. How close is this to reality?
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Profiling in criminal cases

Criminal profiling is very popular in fictional crime shows, but also used in reality. A profiler uses the known data about the case to create a profile of the person that commited the crime. This ...