Chimel V. Ohio: A Case Study

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Based on the scenario, the motion to suppress the tools and diagram should not be granted. Based on the fact that an officer observed a man standing in an alley behind a place of business at 11:50 P.M. for more than 5 minutes, the officer had reasonable suspicion that the man was in the progress of committing a crime. Based on the fact that the officer had established reasonable suspicion, he was legally justified to stop and briefly detain the man (Cornell Law, 2017). The fact that the officer grabbed the subject, swung him around, and pushed him against the wall of the store is irrelevant because the subject is not accusing the officer of excessive force. Terry v. Ohio states that when a police officer has a reasonable suspicion that a suspect is…show more content…
Once the officer felt a hard object that he believed to be a weapon in the suspects back pocket which is considered an outer pocket and falls under the Terry Frisk law, the officer was then allowed to conduct a limited search of that pocket and reach in to secure the object. Once the officer discovered that the object was a small 3x3 inch container full of locksmith tool which is illegal to possess as well as the totality of the circumstances, the officer had probable cause that a crime has been committed as well as another crime in the progress of being committed. Once the officer had the suspect in custody, he is authorized to conduct a search of the suspect, incident to arrest. In Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969), the Court stated that an officer who has lawfully arrested a suspect can search their immediate area for evidence pertaining to the crime and for officer safety. The officer finding the diagram of the video/audio store in the suspect’s pants was evidence that was legally found since the officer had arrested the suspect based off of his probable cause. The fact that the diagram was that of the store that he was directly standing behind was additional evidence that he was there to
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