APD search upheld in 10th Circuit Court

An Albuquerque Police Department officer chose to search a suspect's pants pockets during a traffic stop, uncovering a pipe


By Scott Sandlin
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE — "Routine" traffic stops are often anything but that, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals observes in affirming an Albuquerque Police Department officer's decision to reach into a suspect's pants pockets during just such a stop.

Every year, thousands of law enforcement officers are assaulted, and many are killed, in what at first seem like routine stops for relatively minor traffic infractions, the court said in an recent opinion.

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