Stop-and-Frisk – brief detention, questioning, and “pat down” for a concealed weapon, with reasonable suspicion suspect committed or is about to commit a crime

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stop-and-frisk:
n. (1963)

1. Criminal law. A police officer’s brief detention, questioning, and search of a person for a concealed weapon when the officer reasonably suspects that the person has committed or is about to commit a crime.  *  The stop-and-frisk, which can be conducted without a warrant or probable cause, was held constitutional by the Supreme Court in Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 88 S.Ct. 1868 (1968). — aka investigatory stop; investigatory detention; Terry stop; Terry search; field stop. [1]

1. The detaining of a person briefly by a police officer and “patting him down” with the purpose of ascertaining if he is carrying a concealed weapon.  Fourth Amendment rights are not violated if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person is armed and dangerous. [2]

stop-and-frisk database law:
(2010)

1. Criminal procedure. A statute that bars police form keeping records on people who have been stopped, questioned, or frisked by police. [1]

References:

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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