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View Diary: Man Puts Hands in Pockets Because Its Cold - Stopped by NYPD For 'Suspicious Bulge'. (22 comments)

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  •  I've seen this happen first hand (15+ / 0-)

    I was on the East Side one day last spring and a guy passed me in the cross walk with his hands in his pockets. Out of nowhere, a cop comes up to him and is like "Sir, i need you to take your hands out of your pockets" the guy was totally confused like WTF did I do wrong and hesitated a little, as which point the cop says louder and with a much harsher tone "Sir, take your hands out of your pockets immediately". Frisked the guy on the corner, found nothing and let him go.

    •  There ya go. (3+ / 0-)
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      viral, corvo, enhydra lutris

      Obviously he was about to commit a crime otherwise.

      Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968), was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court which held that the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures is not violated when a police officer stops a suspect on the street and frisks him or her without probable cause to arrest, if the police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person "may be armed and presently dangerous."[1]

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