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Cop Detains Black Man for ‘Walking With His Hands in His Pockets’

A Michigan man was stopped and questioned by police last week after “nervous” passersby called 911 to report he was “walking with his hands in his pockets.” The cop, who also recorded the incident, apparently stopped and questioned the man about his hand placement around 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving in Pontiac, MI. “You were walking by, you were making people nervous,” the cop explains in the video, which was originally uploaded on Facebook. “They said you had your hands in your pockets.” In the U.S., this type of questioning, universally known as a Terry stop, requires an officer to have reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, usually obtained by observing the suspect engage in some sort of “unusual conduct.” Here, the cop seems to suggest that the man’s cold hands met that standard. “Wow, walking by, having your hands in your pockets makes people nervous to call the police, when it’s snowing outside?” the man asks. “There’s 10,000 people in Pontiac right now with their hands in their pockets, so how many—” “You’re right,” the cop replies. “But we do have a lot of robberies, so just checking on you. You’re fine, you’re good.”

via Gawker

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