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A term used in Criminal Law to refer to the superficial running of the hands over the body of an individual by a law enforcement agent or official in order to determine whether such individual is holding an illegal object, such as a weapon or narcotics. A frisk is distinguishable from a search, which is a more extensive examination of an individual.


Stop and Frisk.

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v. quickly patting down the clothes of a possible criminal suspect to determine if there is a concealed weapon. This police action is generally considered legal (constitutional) without a search warrant. Generally it is preferred that women officers frisk women and men officers frisk men.

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For young people in my neighborhood, getting stopped and frisked is a rite of passage.
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(36) Consequently, the Court has been called upon to explicate Terry principles in a number of subsequent cases; in so doing, it has provided clarification of the requisite level of suspicion necessary to conduct the stop and the frisk as well as the proper parameters of the stop and the frisk in myriad factual circumstances.
Meanwhile, critics of stop and frisk (myself included) never fail to mention the overwhelming discrepancy between the numbers of stops and the number of arrests (about 12 percent of the stops in 2011 resulted in an arrest or summons; only one percent produced weapons).
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This is particularly true in situations where the "stop and frisk" of youths or minority group members is "motivated by the officers"' perceived need to maintain the power image of the beat officer, an aim sometimes accomplished by humiliating anyone who attempts to undermine police control of the streets." (45) Warren's candor led one scholar to observe that "Terry was a landmark ruling for many reasons, not the least of which was the fact that the Court, for the first time, openly acknowledged the tensions between urban blacks and the police caused by street investigations and stop and frisk techniques." (46)
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One day that year, his office received a letter from a woman at Albion saying that officers had just videotaped her strip frisk, a procedure in which an inmate disrobes and officers search the crevices of her body for contraband.