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Even I've been involved in "stops" by wary police. It didn't upset me, as I was out late, alone, and felt a little safer knowing they were close by during my jogs.
You are protected against unlawful searching of course, but that is for your property and yourself while on your property.
I am so shellshocked by my actual story and current life that I simply dont talk about it.
I am now without any civil rights and a battle coming up for me is for them to restore them.
but not as much to me as other measures (patriot act...cough) that have been blown through.
I remember sitting in an "American Government" course in college. It was less than a year after 9/11. When the professor asked how many people would rather live in a dictatorship, where there future was chosen and they could live without fear and uncertainty, more than 2/3 of the class raised their hand.
In Terry v. Ohio, the Court addressed exactly this type of conduct.
The New York Police Department is among the most vocal defenders of the practice. Commissioner Raymond Kelly said recently that officers may stop as many as 600,000 people this year. About 10 percent are arrested.
Secondly, You mention safety. Why have we accepted a culture change to where the individual has to have a "law enforcement officer" around to feel or be safe. We have been dis-empowered and we continue to accept further dis-empowerment to the point where we are so afraid that we are willing to give up our "god" given rights! Ridiculous!
Terry v. Ohio has been discussed on this board before. I think you were involved in that discussion? If I remember correctly the case had to do with the interpretation of probable cause.
Terry was not about "probable cause" (the standard for arrest), but "reasonable suspicion" (the standard for a 'stop and frisk").
I go out when I want. It's nice to know the cops know me, and that they're not afraid to stop suspicious people, including me.