Review of the Terry vs. Ohio Case

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Legal Memorandum of Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968) An analysis of history and the contemporary exercise of police practices suitably describe the experiences of many black men when dealing with law enforcement officers. Before the due process revolution that occurred in the 1960s, the rights of many back men were abused on a daily basis. These practices continue regardless of a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that was geared towards limiting the discretion of police officers. Through the ruling, the Supreme Court sought to promote the legal rights of black American as compared to any other court in the judicial system (Maclin, 2012, p.1275). In light of these issues, the Terry v. Ohio lawsuit was filed after John W. Terry, the petitioner was stopped and frisked by an officer after the law enforcement personnel suspected him of casing a store for a possible robbery. After the police officer approached Terry for questioning, he decided to search him first, which contributed to numerous concerns regarding searches based on the Fourth Amendment. The case represents the need for a boundary between a reasonable belief and probable suspicion based on coherent facts. Legal Issue: The legal issue underlying the lawsuit is whether a search for weapons without reasonable cause for arrest can be regarded as an unreasonable search based on the Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution. The most appropriate answer to this legal issue is that a police officer has the
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