Decision  Commonwealth v. Manha

Date: 02/28/2018
Organization: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Commonwealth v. Manha
Supreme Judicial Court, February 28, 2018
(Search and Seizure/Motor Vehicle Stop)

 A police officer possessed enough information giving rise to reasonable suspicion to stop and perform a protective sweep of the defendant’s car when that officer received a radio call of an ongoing 911 call from an unidentified motorist reporting a road rage incident where a person in another car pointed a gun at her as she drove.  The 911 caller described the gunman as a white male, wearing glasses, in his forties.  She was also able to describe the vehicle, registration number, location, and direction of travel.   Under these circumstances, given the officers' safety concerns, reasonable suspicion was all that was required.

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