Essay on Stop and Frisk

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My name is _________ and I am here to bring attention to the “Stop and Frisk Laws” and how they affect our youth and damage our society. Also through this exchange of information I hope to show how these type of laws go against our constitutional rights.
First let’s ask what does Stop and frisk actually mean legally? “It’s the situation in which a police officer who is suspicious of an individual detains the person and runs his hands lightly over the suspect's outer garments to determine if the person is carrying a concealed weapon.”
When and where did this derive from? Well In 1968 the Supreme Court addressed the issue in terry v. Ohio, 392. In Terry an experienced plainclothes officer observed three men acting suspiciously; they
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What is reasonable suspicion actually? A good example for this is a story about a youth named Alvin in Harlem NYC, on June 3rd 2011; the NYPD stopped and question him multiple times for looking suspicious while walking his own neighborhood. He was able to secretly able to record the audio, here is some of the recording after they placed his hands behind his head and frisked him.

Alvin: “What am I being arrested for.”
Officer: “For being a fucking mutt! You know that!?”
Alvin: “That’s a law being a mutt?!”
Sergeant: “Do you wanna go to jail?”
(pause)
As the audio continued the sergeant even threatened to break his arm.
(Dramatic pause)
This is where we ask what is our fourth amendment right exactly? Well from a source I found called the Legal dictionary it is said; The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Ultimately, these words endeavor to protect two fundamental liberty interests - the right to privacy and freedom from arbitrary invasions. [This information belongs to Legal-Definitions.com]
That brings us back to reasonable

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