N.D.Ga.: Roadblock on the path of escape from an armed robbery was a reasonable stop

A roadblock on the path of escape from an armed robbery was a reasonable stop. United States v. Philpot, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183882 (N.D.Ga. June 3, 2016), adopted, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177557 (N.D. Ga. Nov. 16, 2016):

Applying these principles to the facts of this case, Officer Anderson’s blockade of the westbound lands of traffic at the intersection of LaVista Road and Northlake Parkway was reasonable. First, the public concerns served by the seizure were grave. Here, alleged armed robbers were attempting to evade law enforcement and a bystander asserted that the robbers were located in the intersection which Officer Anderson blocked. Furthermore, the seizure advanced the public interest as it was narrowly tailored to block cars traveling in the intersection in which the escaping robbers were believed to be located in order to apprehend them. Finally, the severity of the interference in individual liberty was minimal as Officer Anderson only blocked the intersection briefly because Officer Anderson began to suspect and followed individuals in the Chevy Lumina who veered out of the intersection at a high rate of speed thereby removing the blockade of the roadway. Officer Anderson also only looked for individuals matching the description given by dispatch. (Tr. 12, 20). Under these circumstances, the seizure at the intersection did not offend the Fourth Amendment. Rodger, 521 F. App’x at 828-29; Harper, 617 F.2d at 40-41.

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