by uslegal.com

Stop and frisk is when police “temporarily” detain somebody and pat down their outer clothing when there are specific articulate facts leading a reasonable police officer to believe a person is armed and dangerous. It is not necessary for the officer to articulate or identify a specific crime they think is being committed, only that a set of factual circumstances exist that would lead a reasonable officer to have a reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is occurring. “Reasonable suspicion” is one step below “probable cause” and one step above a hunch.

A “frisk” by definition is a type of search that requires a “lawful stop”. It is best thought of as a separate act, but in practice, a suspect who refuses to answer questions in a stop may be providing the officer with sufficient justification to frisk. A frisk should not be for anything other than a dangerous weapon or contraband. However, if other evidence, like a suspected drug container, is felt, it can be seized by the officer under the “plain feel” doctrine. The test for “plain feel” is that the item’s contraband nature be “immediately apparent”.

Resource: uslegal.com

One of several problems with stop & frisk, is that most if not all Police demand name, address, question people of colour when in upper income communities and or assume gang affiliation least we talk about the percentage of Black Latino Asian or Caucasian men&women being stopped on a daily basis … is it a quota, a civil rights issue, a misuse or abuse of power ~ Nativergrl77

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 5/29 ~~ the House

beaseedforchangestickersGREENThe Senate stands adjourned until the following dates and times to convene for pro forma session only with no business being conducted:

Tuesday, May 26 at 4:00pm (committee reporting day between 2:00 – 4:00pm); and

Thursday, May 28 at 8:30am.

When the Senate adjourns on May 28th it will stand adjourned until 4:00pm on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2048, USA Freedom Act. Roll call votes are possible after 6:00pm during Sunday’s session.


Roll Call Votes

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #89, H.R.2353 – 2 month highway extension

Passed Calendar #91, S.802 – Girls Count Act of 2015, with committee-reported amendment


Passed S.1463, to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the distance requirement for expanded availability of hospital care and medical services for veterans through the use of agreements with non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities.

Passed by voice vote H.R.2496, to extend the authorization for the replacement of the existing Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, to make certain improvements in the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, and for other purposes.

Adopted S.Res.156 – National Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations by voice votes:

Executive Calendar #83 Peter Levine to be Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense

Executive Calendar #126 Paul Folmsbee to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali

Executive Calendar #128 Stafford Fitzgerald Haney to be Ambassador to Costa Rica

All nominations placed on the Secretary’s Desk in the Foreign Service


 House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of May 29, 2015

10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:50 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:25 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
10:01:49 A.M. APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – Pursuant to section 5(a) of H. Res. 273, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings stands approved.
10:02:29 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Massie to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
10:03:14 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 5(b) of H. Res. 273. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on June 1, 2015.