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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Illinois v. Wardlow
Citation:528 U.S. 119 (2000)
On September 9, 1995, Officers Nolan and Harvey were working as uniformed officers in the special operations section of the Chicago Police Department. As the caravan passed 4035 West Van Buren, Officer Nolan observed respondent Wardlow standing next to the building holding an opaque bag. Respondent looked in the direction of the officers and fled. Nolan and Harvey stopped respondent and immediately conducted a protective patdown search for weapons because in his experience it was common for there to be weapons in the near vicinity of narcotics transactions. During the frisk, Officer Nolan squeezed the bag respondent was carrying and felt a heavy, hard object. The officer than opened the bag and discovered a .38-caliber handgun. The officers arrested Wardlow.
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