Government approves expanded stop-and-frisk law in wake of terror

A bill expanding the meaning of probable cause for searching a suspect’s person for weapons was approved by the cabinet Sunday.

“Following recent terrorist attacks, there is an urgent need to give the police authority to conduct body searches in order to better deal with knife terrorism,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who proposed the amendment, explained. “This is another step I am promoting in a series of decisions to strengthen the police and its authority to increase personal security in the streets.

The existing law allows police officers to search a person’s body, clothing and things he or she is carrying if the officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person is carrying a weapon, which essentially means that the police officer had to see something he or she thought could be a weapon in order to conduct the search.


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