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Criminal Practice – Search & Seizure – Anonymous Tip – ‘Shots Fired’ – High Crime Neighborhood – ‘Nervous’ Man – Pat-Down — Unreasonable (access required)

U.S. v. Massenburg Police officers responding to an anonymous tip about “shots fired” in a high-crime neighborhood, who saw four young men several blocks from the reported gunfire, did not have reasonable, particularized suspicion to conduct a pat-down of one of the young men who appeared nervous and refused consent to search; the 4th Circuit reverses defendant’s conviction on marijuana and firearm charges.

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