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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Illinois v. Wardlow
Citation:528 U.S. 119 (2000).
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Officers in four different police cars drove in an area known for heavy narcotics trafficking to investigate drug transactions. Officers in the last car of the caravan observed the Defendant, Wardlow, standing next to a building holding an opaque bag. The Defendant looked at the officers and then fled. The two officers turned their car to follow him and eventually cornered him on the street. One of the officers then exited the car and stopped the Defendant. The officer then conducted a protective pat-down search for weapons. During the frisk, the officer squeezed the bag the Defendant had been carrying and felt what appeared to be a gun. The officer then opened the bag, discovered a handgun, and then arrested the Defendant.
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