Stop and frisk can ruin lives

ACLU of Pennsylvania
5 min readApr 28, 2020

by Reggie Shuford

Credit: Alex Domingos/ACLU of Pennsylvania

The single interaction of a stop and frisk can be life-changing. Being stopped and searched by a police officer on the assumption that you may be committing a crime can range from humiliating to deadly.

I should know. In 2014, I was subject to an illegal stop while visiting my hometown of Wilmington, NC, an incident I wrote about in detail a few years back. At about…

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