The Rock Group The Eagles Released A Song Titled Hotel California

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In 1976 the rock group the Eagles released a song titled Hotel California. The lyrics of this song have long been considered to reference heroin addiction. One particular lyric from this song is equally applicable to the policy of Stop and Frisk. As the lyric goes “I heard the mission bell, And I was thinking to myself , This could be heaven or this could be hell.” The policy of Stop and Frisk arose from the decision of United States Supreme Court in the matter of Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). This seminal case gave police the right to stop a person on the street and question them and if they can establish reasonable suspicion that the individual either committed a crime or is about to commit a crime then they can perform a frisk of the individual. Initially this policy gave police a great new tool in the fight against crime. However, like that initial shot of heroine which gives the addict an incredible feeling abuse soon followed. The policy which initially required reasonable suspicion of criminal activity eventually became stop and frisk with no requirement of reasonable suspicion. This is the hell part. The question is not whether or not this policy can be effective in preventing crime, the question is, can this policy be implemented in such a way that the Constitutional Rights of Americans are not violated. Yes it Can. An important aspect of the basis for the policy of Stop Question and Frisk is the protection of the police officer. Robert Apel…

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