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Police officer made statement

I was walking across the street
with a few friend around 5am an
officer stop us and I was arrested
they found a gun and drugs on me
but officer said he stopped us for
waking the wrong way but when EMS
asked him why he stopped us he
replied because that boy she’s
with us known as a meth user and I
was hoping to catch him with
something is that not harressment
profiling had we been some one
different would he have messed
with us then

Asked on August 5, 2018 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

"Profiling" refers to racial, ethnic, or religious profiling: targetting a person due to his/her group, not because of what he/she or an associate has specifically done. Targeting a person or her associates because she is known to be a drug user is not profiling and is not illegal. Nor is it harassment unless there was a pattern or series of acts done without justifiable purpose other than to harass, annoy, inconvenience, etc.--a single stop is not harassment. 
It is possible that the stop and search was not legal if there was not probable cause for the stop, but since you have an attorney and are filing a motion to suppress, you are already following up on that avenue.


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