Appeals court rules Boston cop had probable cause to stop and frisk teen carrying gun

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From a distance, cop thought teen at Mildred Hailey had a gun in her waistband; he was right and a court says the gun can be used as evidence against her​

A divided Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Friday that a Boston police officer had probable cause to stop a teenager at the Mildred Hailey complex in Jamaica Plain on Nov. 1, 2018 and have her frisked, which means the gun found on her can be used to try to convince a Juvenile Court judge she is guilty of being delinquent for possession of an unlawful firearm.

At issue in the case were the increasingly fine lines police have to navigate when deciding whether to stop and frisk somebody, especially a member of a minority group, whom the court has ruled in the past might have good reason to run from police even if they are not guilty of anything.

In this case, the court had to consider whether to accept the prosecution's argument that the then-16-year-old was trying to evade the cop, whether she was "blading," or angling her body to try to hide the gun, and whether here touching her waistband was an attempt to keep the gun from falling down her pants, in a particular area where residents had reported youths with a gun earlier in the day, in a housing development where somebody had been shot the day before, where several gunfire incidents had been reported in the week before and which in general is considered a high-crime are



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