Goatboy wrote:A guy is in a bad neighborhood. He's standing outside a gas station alone. He has a somewhat thick coat on for the middle of July, and he has been there for a while. The cop decides that, under the circumstances, the guy is probably up to no good, and he decides to stop and search him.
Jay and Silent Bob come to mind immediately xD.
It's a real problem though. Police do, no doubt, find and stop criminals via these random searches, but at the same time, they're fundamentally wrong, a great deal rests on the personality of the cop as well, they're not all pigs out to strip you of every last shred of pride you have (Though, they tend to be portrayed that way on the 'net).
If I was personally stopped, I think I'd try very hard not to give him a reason to want to search in the first place, standing up for your rights if he does ask brings a potentially sticky situation.