Jan 19, 2015

Rep. Daniel Itse (R-Fremont) is sponsoring HB 207, a 2015 bill that narrows the definition of "probable cause" for an arrest.

Probable cause is currently defined by previous court rulings.  Depending on the evidence and the severity of the offense, probable cause allows an officer to make an arrest without a warrant.

May 14, 2015

HB 287, now under consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee, allows New Hampshire citizens to record law enforcement traffic stops.

The bill is inspired by the 2010 case of Carla Gericke, who filmed her friend's traffic stop.  Gericke was charged with wiretapping, but the US Appeals Court ruled she had a First Amendment right to film the police.

May 20, 2015

This week President Obama issued an order prohibiting the use of federal funds to buy "military-type" equipment for law enforcement.

The ban includes everything from bayonets to tracked armored vehicles.

Jun 02, 2015

Studies have shown that almost three-quarters of wrongful convictions include false witness identifications.  The New Hampshire Attorney General has adopted new guidelines to prevent incorrect identification of suspected offenders.

Jun 05, 2015

On Thursday the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that requires police to get a warrant before installing a GPS tracker or accessing a cell phone's location.

Aug 24, 2015

This summer a legislative committee is studying a bill to require New Hampshire state police to wear body cameras.

Supporters of body cameras generally argue that cameras reduce conflicts between citizens and the police by creating an indisputable record of police interactions with the public. Body camera recordings can also provide valuable evidence in criminal cases.

Sep 04, 2015

The Merrimack Superior Court is considering a landmark New Hampshire case on the release of police officers' body camera footage.

On July 6, 2015 Haverhill police officers shot and killed Hagen Esty-Lennon after he reportedly lunged at the officers with a knife. The state Attorney General ruled that the shooting was justified.


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