04/14/2008

Philly cops ready to up stop-and-frisk tactics

By Andrew Maykuth
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Demonstrating a frisk, Sgt. D.F. Pace moved his hand along Martin Klepac's belt before his fingers slipped into Klepac's right pants pocket.

"Whoa!" shouted several Philadelphia police officers observing the demonstration, recognizing that the instructor had crossed a serious legal boundary when his fingers entered the subject's pocket: A pat-down had just become an illegal search.

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