Let's say you're visiting a friend's apartment building for the first time as an invited guest. As you walk the halls looking for your friend's apartment, you come across a police officer.
The officer stops you. He questions you about whether or not you're a resident and what you're doing in the building. He then informs you that he's going to frisk you.
What happened? You were innocently going about your business, but you were stopped and frisked by the police. Why did the officer do it? In this case perhaps there were recent burglaries in the building and you matched a physical description of the suspect. Is this legal? Yes. Should it be? That's a good question.
Stop and frisk in New York is a complicated issue with its fair share of both proponents and critics. To give you some balanced background, let's explore arguments on both sides of the New York Police Department (NYPD) stop and frisk controversy.