Opponents: Ruling expands Del. police powers

August 16, 2009 9:26:34 AM PDT
Delaware's federal public defender says he'll appeal a federal court decision that gives police the power to stop and frisk people with little or no reason. 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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