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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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See Appellant's Reply Brief, supra note 21, at *6-*13 (arguing frisks require suspicion of criminal activity).
Some argue that the Court's opinion mentions the connection between stops and frisks and minority community unrest only in passing.
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The officers, prior to the frisks, had no reasonable basis for suspecting J.
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Judge Scheindlin reached her decision in part because of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's statement that "the NYPD focuses stop and frisks on young blacks and Hispanics in order to instill in them a fear of being stopped.
According to the New York Times, police carried out more than 575,000 stops of people in the city, a record number of what are known in police parlance as "stop and frisks," and this yielded 762 guns.
The Wardlow decision does not affect the law regarding frisks for weapons during temporary detentions.
NEW YORK, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Public housing residents and community advocates packed the federal courtroom of a historic stop and frisk trial to emphasize the impact of stop and frisks on New York City Housing Authority ("NYCHA") residents.
that in conducting frisks he 'feel|s~ a lot of guys' crotches' and that what he felt on this occasion 'did not feel like anyone's testicle.
CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, today announced the filing of a class action civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stops and frisks by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) of City of Chicago residents, including plaintiffs.
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