stop and frisk
- a policy that permits a police officer to momentarily detain and pat down or search a person suspected of criminal activity, especially when suspected of concealing a weapon.
Origin of stop and frisk
First recorded in 1960–65
Also called stop, ask, and frisk; stop, question, and frisk.
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Examples from the Web for stop and frisk
The reason was simple, stop-and-frisk was the high profile cause that grabbed headlines.Was it Justice or Politics that Killled the NYPD Muslim Spy Unit?
April 16, 2014
But a seemingly undue reliance on stop-and-frisk in particular caused tensions in minority neighborhoods.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
The mayor-elect turned serious when asked how the appointment jibed with his call for the curtailment of stop-and-frisk.
He also promised to reign in stop-and-frisk as it had come to be practiced.
H suggested many cops would in fact welcome the end of stop-and-frisk.Bill De Blasio’s Retro Values Are Back in Fashion
September 30, 2013