Terry stop

noun

Ter·​ry stop
ˈter-ē-
: a stop and limited search of a person for weapons justified by a police officer's reasonable conclusion that a crime is being or about to be committed by a person who may be armed and whose responses to questioning do not dispel the officer's fear of danger to the officer or to others compare reasonable suspicion

Word History

Etymology

from Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968), case in which the right of police to stop and question a suspect was first discussed

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“Terry stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/Terry%20stop. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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