PA: Furtive movements then refusing to remove hands from pockets was RS

On a report of a man with a gun, officers went to area and found defendant who didn’t exactly match the description. As they circled the block, defendant would change directions. When they pulled up next to him, which was not yet a stop, and tried to talk to him they directed him to remove his hands from his pockets for officer safety, but he refused. All that added up to reasonable suspicion. “Appellee’s refusal to comply with Officer Schaeffer’s request to remove his hands from his pockets justified the frisk of his person for the protection of the officers, so that they could pursue their investigation without fear of violence.” Commonwealth v. Thomas, 2018 PA Super 18 (Feb. 1, 2018).

Defendant has no standing to contest what happened to a package of drugs in Ecuador as the package was transferred from CI to another, and he wasn’t even there. There was probable cause for his arrest in the United States. United States v. Hernandez-Miranda, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14055 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 25, 2018).*

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