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NCJ Number: 97232 Find in a Library
Title: Crime File: Search and Seizure
Series: NIJ Crime Files
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20850
Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 84-IJ-CX-031
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Audiovisual Sales
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20850
United States of America
Document: PDF (Study Guide)|Video (28:30)
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this video cassette, number 19 in the Crime File series, three dramatized scenarios of police search and seizure tactics are critiqued as to their legality by a panel consisting of a police officer, a U.S. attorney, and a public defender.
Abstract: Each scenario unfolds in stages, and the panel members comment on the legality of the police behavior in each stage. The first scenario involves a police stop of a vehicle observed to have no license plate, the police observation of shotgun shells on the car seat, a frisk of the driver, an arrest, the search of a briefcase in the car to find a handgun, and the opening of the car trunk. The second scenario involves the police stop of two persons reported by a citizen to look suspicious, the stop and arrest of two persons answering the description of two burglars, a 'pat down' that reveals drugs, and the search of a briefcase that reveals a gun. The third scenario involves the police answering a call to an apartment, where a woman answers the door and complains that the male friend in the apartment had threatened her with a gun. The police frisk the man, find drugs in his coat, make an arrest, and then search the apartment to find a handgun in the bedroom. The panelists agree that a warrantless search of a person is reasonable if there is cause to believe the person has committed a crime or is concealing a weapon. Further, they agree that after an arrest, a warrantless search may be conducted of the immediate vicinity and property at the arrest locality. The panelists often disagree on whether these conditions were met in the dramatized scenarios.
Index Term(s): Arrest procedures; Search and seizure; Stop and frisk; Vehicle stops; Videotapes; Warrantless search
Note: Videocassette (3/4 inch, Beta, VHS), 28 minutes in length, color
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