Adams v. Williams
Significance, Protective Searches For Weapons Are Permissible, A Dangerous Extension Of Terry, Impact
Frederick E. Adams
That a police officer does not violate the Fourth Amendment by reaching in to a car window and removing a gun from the waistband of a driver when the officer has reason to believe that the suspect is armed and dangerous.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Donald A. Browne
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Edward F. Hennessey III
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall
Date of Decision
12 June 1972
As long as an officer is permitted to make a forcible traffic stop to investigate evidence of wrongdoing, the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit the officer from conducting a limited search for weapons so that he may safely pursue his investigation when the officer has reason to believe that the suspect is armed and dangerous.
- Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968).
- Michigan v. Summers, 452 U.S. 692 (1981).
- Minnesota v. Dickerson, 508 U.S. 366 (1993).
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- LaFave, Wayne R. Search and Seizure: A Treatise on the Fourth Amendment, 3rd ed. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing Co., 1996.
- Project on Law Enforcement Policy and Rulemaking. Stop and Frisk. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University College of Law, 1974.
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