M.D.N.C.: The conduct of the men here was apparently innocent, and nothing made it even rise to RS [as low a standard as that is]

Three men standing by a car wasn’t reasonable suspicion. The court analyzes each factor [not the “divide and conquer” attitude to be avoided] and finds it wanting and ultimately just a hunch. Then, the court considers the totality of circumstance, and the court can’t find that it adds up to reasonable suspicion. The officer just had too brief a view to have reasonable suspicion of men not doing anything wrong. “Here, by contrast, no evidence has been presented to suggest that it was unusual for a person or persons to be outside, nor is there any suggestion that it was unusual for a group of pedestrians to speak with the driver of a vehicle, as occurred here. As discussed above, the facts are too uncertain to convert what might have been innocent conduct into suspicious conduct based upon Kellar’s experience and his limited observation.” United States v. Haskins, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 214832 (M.D. N.C. Dec. 12, 2019).*

The motions to suppress are denied for abandonment, search incident of his person, and a search warrant for defendant’s car. United States v. Carey, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 214803 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 13, 2019).*

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