Police body camera use is the subject of a great deal of debate. We have touched on some of the issues in previous posts, most recently in June. Earlier still, in 2015, we highlighted how police authorities then were concerned about the growing pressure to use these devices.
Another part of your vehicle may be off limits from a police search. A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals determined that a police officer can’t search the glove compartment to find information readily available elsewhere—such as registration.
When a crime occurs, police in Tennessee and other areas of the country often rely on eyewitnesses to help them determine who committed the crime. However, many people's views are often skewed due to the shock of an unexpected event. Despite this, police say they were able to track down a man who they believe committed drug crimes, among others, based on eyewitness testimony.
If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about an hour and a half, you'll arrive in Murfreesboro. The city isn't often in national news, but a recent incident there put the Rutherford County locale on the map for a day or two.
The story has played out in the past. A man is pulled over and tells the officer that he has a gun in the car, but he is permitted to carry. The situation escalates as the officer reacts and now someone is in jail, injured or killed because someone failed to handle the situation properly. As a driver in Tennessee, how do you properly inform a police officer of the presence of a firearm during a traffic stop?