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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.


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.


verb check, conduct a search, examine, examine closely, examine intently, explore, hunt, hunt through, investigate, lascivire, look into, look over, look through, peer into, poke into, probe, pry into, rake through, review, salire, scan, scour, scrutinize, search one's pockets, search through, seek, subject to scrutiny
Associated concepts: reasonable belief that safety requires a patting down, search, stop and frisk
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It added that in 2011, 53 percent of New Yorkers who were stopped and frisked by police were black, and nine percent were white.
The lawsuit had been brought by two New York City residents -- Clive Lino and Daryl Khan -- who had been stopped and frisked by police officers but were cleared of any wrongdoing.
56) Finally, the dissent's rule would discourage cooperative, compliant behavior, as the citizen who stays to answer an officer's questions risks being frisked, whereas the one who simply walks away does not.
About two years ago, there was a newspaper article quoting a former NYPD official suggesting that officers needed to "[s]ell the stop" to explain, nicely, to the victim after the fact why he or she was stopped and frisked.
This was the second time when Kalam was frisked by US authorities.
Last week, there was uproar after Abdul Kalam, a former Indian president, was frisked by personnel of US carrier Continental Airlines in New Delhi before being allowed to board a US-bound flight.
At present, MPs are not frisked while entering the Parliament complex.
Barricades have been erected at entrance points of Srinagar, where the vehicles coming from other districts are being frisked thoroughly.
Gulbarga (Karnataka), April 28 ( ANI ): Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and founder chief of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mayawati, has charged the Election Commission with perpetrating a culture of caste bias after she was recently frisked in poll-bound Karnataka.
On Saturday, the lawyers were also frisked and were not allowed to carry cellphones and handbags inside the court.
Without hesitation or question, one of the officers, who was a 14-year veteran, frisked the young man wearing the plaid shirt and seized a gun from his pocket.
He told me I had to be frisked and I said, `Hey, you're violating my rights,' '' Falconer said.