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NCJ Number: 119004 Find in a Library
Title: Procedure
Corporate Author: South Carolina Criminal Justice Acad
Division of the Dept of Public Safety
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: South Carolina Criminal Justice Acad
Columbia, SC 29210
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article is a legal commentary on the findings of the case U.S. v. Sokolow regarding investigatory stops.
Abstract: The reasonable suspicion standard is a derivation of the probable cause command, applicable only to those brief detentions which fall short of being full-scale searches and seizures and which are necessitated by law enforcement exigencies such as the need to stop ongoing crimes, to prevent imminent crimes, and to protect law enforcement officers in highly charged situations. By requiring reasonable suspicion as a prerequisite to such seizures, the Fourth Amendment protects innocent persons from being subjected to "overbearing or harassing" police conduct carried out solely on the basis of stereotypes or on the basis of irrelevant personal characteristics such as race. Before detaining an individual, law enforcement officers must reasonably suspect that he is engaged in, or poised to commit, a criminal act at that moment.
Main Term(s): Child molesters
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Crimes against children; Sex offenders
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