CJS200 Week 4 Assignment The Rules of Law Enforcement

CJS200 Week 4 Assignment The Rules of Law Enforcement - The...

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The Rules of Law Enforcement Yes, the police conducted a lawful search and seizure. Under the "Terry" rule, an officer who has a reasonable suspicion that a criminal activity may be "afoot," they can stop and frisk a person for weapons so as to protect the officer's safety. The officers observed a person matching the height and weight of the suspects in the electronic store thefts, and further observed that the person leaving the electronic store was wearing a heavy overcoat on a hot sunny day. This would likely be sufficient for reasonable suspicion, thus the stop and frisk was lawful. The suspect Fourth Amendment rights were violated because a "Terry" stop and frisk itself must be no more intrusive than that which is necessary to discover a weapon to protect the officer's safety. Neither an iPod nor a digital camera feels like any sort of weapon, thus the officer should not have removed them. Nevertheless, if the .22 caliber gun was discovered first, this could have provided probable cause for a crime to be under way, and thereby
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