Court: Anonymous tips must be investigated first
Judges ruled that an anonymous tip to police didn't offer reasonable suspicion for officers to act on that tip
By Rich Calder
MANHATTAN — A panel of Manhattan federal judges says cops must now investigate anonymous 911 calls — before they can investigate the crimes being reported.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the conviction of an ex-con caught by cops carrying a gun in 2011 as two of the three judges on the panel found the anonymous tips the officers relied on didn’t offer enough “reasonable suspicion” for them to stop and search the defendant Joseph Freeman.
The panel’s decision, overturning a previous December 2011 ruling by Manhattan federal Judge Paul Crotty, spares Freeman from a possible lengthy prison sentence.
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