Category Archives: Stop and frisk

Sputnik International: ‘Inherently Racist’: Stop-And-Frisk Data Vindicates Activists’ Claims About DC Police Practice (opinion)

Sputnik International: ‘Inherently Racist’: Stop-And-Frisk Data Vindicates Activists’ Claims About DC Police Practice (opinion):

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IL: Disorderly conduct can justify a Terry stop

Police received a 911 call about a man with a blue hoodie on a bicycle shouting profanities. Because the call was to 911 and recorded and logged with caller ID, it was more reliable. On seeing the man, the officer … Continue reading

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CA4: Stopping men right after shots were fired to look for guns was reasonable

Officers on patrol heard gunshots and arrived within 35 seconds and saw a group of men dispersing. The directed then to stop while shining flashlights on them, and the directed the men to pull up their shirts. Only defendant didn’t, … Continue reading

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Remember videos with “no guns, knives, bombs” in the request for consent?

“The State argues that, even though the sock was no longer in Peele’s possession or control, Officer James could still reasonably have feared that the sock contained ‘an explosive or incendiary device.’ Appellee’s Brief at 30. However, there is no … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Def’s stop and frisk on a residential street in Detroit was completely without legal justification and suppressed

Police pulled up on the defendant and made him lift his shirt, completely without legal justification. It is suppressed. United States v. Watson, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134627 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 9, 2019)*:

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LA4: Def has no REP in his shooting victim’s Instagram account

Defendant was accused of a murder. The state got a search warrant for the victim’s Instagram account, and he moved to suppress. [Remember, Louisiana gives broad standing, but, still] He has no reasonable expectation of privacy in the place searched. … Continue reading

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MD: Def’s alleged furtive movement while sitting in car wasn’t significant enough to show he was concealing a gun

Defendant’s “furtive movement” in the car while talking to the police officer outside the car wasn’t significant enough in the testimony to show that he was secreting something or moving around a weapon. There thus was no objective basis for … Continue reading

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TN: There was PC for a search of the person but no exigency

There was probable cause for a search of defendant’s person, but there’s no evidence of exigency to justify it. A frisk produced no weapons, a drug dog didn’t alert on the car. Ultimately, he was made to empty his pockets, … Continue reading

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MA: Def’s stop a mile away without really matching description wasn’t justified

There was no reasonable suspicion for defendant’s patdown away from the scene of the alleged crime. The state claims he looked like the guy, but there was also substantial evidence he wasn’t the guy by his dress. He was also … Continue reading

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Daily Beast: ‘Red Flags’ as New Documents Point to Blind Spots of NYPD ‘Predictive Policing’

Daily Beast: ‘Red Flags’ as New Documents Point to Blind Spots of NYPD ‘Predictive Policing’ by Ali Winston: “They’re digitizing the legacy of stop-and-frisk. This is effectively math-washing racially biased policing practices.”

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CA9: Criminal history can be a consideration in the totality of PC

Defendant’s state parole search condition required no cause, and the search was valid. There also was probable cause on the totality, and criminal history was a valid consideration of probable cause, but not determinative. United States v. King, 2019 U.S. … Continue reading

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PA: Officer’s belief of possession of a concealed firearm is not RS for a stop and frisk

Officer’s belief of possession of a concealed firearm is not reasonable suspicion of unlawful use of a firearm. Prior case law from 1991 is disapproved. Commonwealth v. Hicks, 2019 Pa. LEXIS 3064 (May 31, 2019):

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