Stop and frisk is frequently taught as the same thing, but they are not. In Terry v. Ohio, the Supreme Court laid out two different aspects of an investigative detention and what the requirements were for each. ”Stopping” is the first aspect, and “frisking” is the second aspect.
In today’s police training video, I go over what the courts have said regarding the frisk, or pat down for weapons. I also touch on the requirements for “plain feel” as originally described in Minnesota v. Dickerson.
- Terry v. Ohio (stop and frisk)
- Minnesota v. Dickerson (plain feel)
- The Three Tiers of Police-Citizen Encounters