Gun-Free Zones Leave Us Unprotected

On July 20, 2012, excited patrons gathered at the Century 16 Movie Theater to see the much-anticipated conclusion of a popular movie trilogy. Within only a few minutes of the opening credits, tear gas filled the auditorium. As the audience attempted to flee, deafening...

The Doctrine of Qualified Immunity

Recent unrest sparked by perceived police abuse has called for reform, police defunding, and demand for accountability. A Law Enforcement Officer, (LEO), should be aware of the doctrine of “qualified immunity” which protects government officials from liability for...

CYBER STALKING AND CYBER HARASSMENT LAWS

The right to be left alone, the right to silence, and to be free from harassment are rights often cited as essential to the First Amendment, but are being put to the test in the communications age due to the abusive potential of modern electronic communication. Free...

Cyber Harassment and Internet Defamation

Missouri law prohibits knowingly communicating a threat to another person if it frightens, intimidates, or causes emotional distress. You cannot use coarse language, offensive to one’s “average sensibility” that puts another person in reasonable apprehension of...

School Crimes

On January 1, 2017, there were substantial revisions to current Missouri criminal federal laws which have a significant effect on school districts. Student misconduct must be reported under the Safe Schools Act.    Felony harassment covers a person who “without good...

Bullying

25 years ago a bully was a kid shoving another kid or beating him up on the playground. Today, a bully doesn’t have to use fists but could be a faceless, hidden person hiding behind a text message, a Facebook post, or a Snapchat.   Schools today are working for zero...

Exercise Your Right To Self-Defense

The Second Amendment in the United States Constitution protects and guarantees the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. It affirms our rights and was designed to prohibit the government from infringing upon that right. It is our constitutional right to own a...