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This article explores United States jurisprudence of the constitutionality of language rights as it correlates to communications between law enforcement officials and non-English speaking persons in emergency situations. The judicial and legislative bodies provide protections to limited English speaking minorities in the realms of education, healthcare, and when navigating through the United States court system. However, these protections are not extended to include interactions between language-minority citizens and initial police interactions during emergency situations.

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College of Law

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Anastasia Coppersmith, Comment, Lost in Translation: Persons with Limited English Proficiency and Police Interaction in the United States, 10 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. Online Supp. 1 (2018).

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