dlh wrote:Any police officers care to weigh in on this one? I am certainly no expert on frisking and have never patted anybody down but guns just don't magically appear on people. Wonder why the arresting officers did not find the gun?
I have also heard of stories where the arresting officer fails to discover a weapon on a defendant and later on in the booking process at the jail one of the jailers does a patdown and finds the weapon! Ouch!
Often LEO, just like anyone else can get complacent, or were never properly trained, in the proper procedure, for frisking a suspect. From previous posts in this thread, regarding TTPD and their procedures in handling suspects, it sounds more like a "hands off" policy, whereby restraints, or getting too personal with a pat down, was frowned upon. Hopefully those things have changed, but an officer had to lose his life.