If you've ever watched the television show "Law & Order," you know from the show's opening sequence that "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders."
Police are tasked with enforcing the law, but they are also subject to it. In a year marked by controversy over the use of deadly force by police against unarmed subjects in Missouri, New York City, Ohio, and elsewhere, there were many questions regarding the extent of police powers in 2014.
Here are the five most popular posts from 2014 about dealing with the police:
When Can Police Place You in Handcuffs? -- You don't necessarily have to be placed under arrest to be handcuffed by police. Officers may also handcuff a person when executing a warrant or for officer safety, among other situations.
If You Insult a Cop, Will You Get Arrested? -- Though insulting a cop may not always get you arrested -- federal courts have ruled, for example, that giving a police officer the middle finger is not a crime -- it may give officers the motivation to scrutinize your vehicle or behavior for other potential criminal violations.