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See also: stop and search


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  1. (law, law enforcement) Of or pertaining to laws or policing practices, found in some jurisdictions, which permit a law enforcement officer to temporarily detain and search a member of the public based on the officer's suspicions.
    • 1990 Jan. 18, Constance L. Hays, "3 Cases Raise Questions on Boston Police Methods," New York Times (retrieved 20 August 2013):
      Adding to the department's problems is a long-running controversy over a stop-and-search policy that includes random searches of young black men.
    • 1997 Nov. 13, Rob Modic, "Motorist Must Know "Free to Go"," Dayton Daily News (USA) (retrieved 20 August 2013):
      The high court renewed its decision to throw out evidence in a 1992 Montgomery County traffic stop-and-search case that uncovered a small amount of marijuana and a methamphetamine pill.
    • 2008, Simon Assaf, "London mayor elections: Ken and Boris launch a war on young people," Socialist Worker (UK) (retrieved 20 August 2013):
      Both parties support ‘stop and search’ – also known as ‘sus’ laws. Under these laws, the police can stop anyone under ‘reasonable’ suspicion that they could commit a crime.
    • 2013 August 12, "US Court says NYPD ‘Stop-and-Search’ Violates Rights ," Voice of America (retrieved 20 August 2013):
      A U.S. judge has ruled the New York Police Department has violated the rights of tens of thousands of people by intentionally discriminating against racial minorities with its controversial "stop-and-search" policy.


stop-and-search (plural stops-and-searches or stop-and-searches)

  1. A police action of this type.

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