A previously unseen bulge

April 6, 2012

  • 35 Arrest
  • 35II On Criminal Charges
  • 35k63 Officers and Assistants, Arrest Without Warrant
  • 35k63.4 Probable or Reasonable Cause
  • 35k63.4(15) k. Appearance, Acts, and Statements of Persons Arrested.

35 ArrestProbable cause existed for police officer’s warrantless arrest and search of defendant, where defendant’s behavior, in line of people outside White House grounds waiting to gain entrance to observe children’s annual Easter egg roll, was suspicious and typical of a pickpocket, the very presence of defendant, an unaccompanied male, was unusual in that most other persons attending were children or women with children, officer saw defendant leaving scene immediately after a lady reported loss of her wallet to officer, and officer saw under defendant’s jacket a bulge (which turned out to be the lady’s wallet) that officer had not seen earlier.
Davis v. U.S., 433 F.2d 1222
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