POLICE DEPARTMENTS ABUSING “STOP & FRISK” By Andre Austin The foundation of “Stop & Frisk” is codified in Terry v. Ohio (1968). Plainclothes Officer became suspicious of two men standing on a street corner in cleveland’s downtown shopping district. The two suspects paused to stare in the same window 24 times. The two men then met up with a third man. The police Officer suspected the 3 were casing out the store for a stick up. The policeman confronted the three and patted them down (frisked) and felt a gun which he seized two pistols. The Supreme Court rightly up held the policeman’s arrest and seizure of the guns. His prior experiences as a cop helped him save the community from a robbery that could have went bad and ended in innocent lost of life. From this Ohio incident the Supreme Court Centralized the “Stop & Frisk” and allowed it to spread to all 50 states in allowing the fuzz to use rational inferences from facts to stop and frisk individuals. In 2012 the police departments are not within the spirit of the law. They are running amuck in just rushing people on the street with pat down searches. The ulterior motive is now the collection of data on black youth; with whom they want to warehouse in prison instead of an Educational facility. There’s no process of observing behavior and then pat down its just a bum rush casting a fish net out there where everything and everybody is caught up in the Criminal Justice system’s game. Activist and Civil Rights advocates should agitate the government to get the police to get back to the true foundations of the “Stop & Frisk” laws. And if we can’t succeed at eliminating it its just another notch in the Octopuses’ tentacles of THE NEW JIM CROW procurements of the suppression of the Black community.