Originally Posted by CAcop
Terry stop. Google.
To be fair, what they're doing doesn't seem to fully fit the bill.
For a Terry stop you need to:
Identify some activity that is out of the ordinary is occuring/has occured
The suspect is connected with said suspicious activity
And that the suspicious activity is related to a crime.
Without being in NY and witnessing their "Stop and Frisk" in person, it's hard to armchair quarterback. I guess you could really stretch just about anything to fit that criteria, but I wouldn't want to hang my career on that. Everyone's definition of "reasonable suspicion" is different as well, which is all you really need here.