WILMINGTON, Del. - August 16, 2009 The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a Delaware
judge's ruling that police acted improperly in arresting Thomas
Smith in 2008. On the night in question, officers in a high-crime
area had orders to stop everyone and ask for identification.
Police arrested Smith after he ran from officers. Authorities
say the convicted felon was carrying a gun and cocaine.
Acting U.S. Attorney David Weiss says the decision doesn't give
police additional powers. Instead, he says it establishes clear
rules for officers in similar situations.
Federal public defender Edson Bostic says he will appeal the
ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal
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