In Terry v. Ohio, the United States Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures is not violated when a police officer stops a suspect on the street and for the officer’s own protection, may perform a quick surface search of the person’s outer clothing for weapons if they have reasonable suspicion that the person stopped is armed. This reasonable suspicion must be based on “specific and articulable facts” and not merely upon an officer’s hunch. Law enforcement officials claim that Terry Stops are one of their most effective tools in stopping crime and protecting the safety of our police officers. However, we must be extremely cautious in taking away our Constitutional Rights. Always act politely when dealing with a police officer. But, you must understand that you have Constitutional Rights which must not be infringed upon. Daniel L. Morris, The Morris Firm (214)357-1782 info@themorrisfirm.net


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