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In the United States, a Terry stop' is a brief detention of a person bypoliceIn keeping with common practice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the terms police and police officer are used throughout this article; however, a more appropriate term is peace officer (or sometimes law enforcement officer). In general, peace officers are civil employees charged with preserving the public peace and granted the authority to do so. Peace officers normally include police, sheriffs and their deputies, marshals, and often many other persons; those included vary among the states.on reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity but short of probable cause to arrest.

The name derives from Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968),For the Court in Berkemer v. McCarty 468 U.S. 420 (1984), Justice Marshall wrote
“the usual traffic stop is more analogous to a so-called ‘Terry stop,’ see Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968)” (468 U.S. at 439)
in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that police may briefly detain aperson whom they reasonably suspect is involved in criminal activity;For the Court in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District, Justice Kennedy noted
Beginning with Terry v. Ohio, 392 U. S. 1 (1968), the Court has recognized that a law enforcement officer’s reasonable suspicion that a person may be involved in criminal activity permits the officer to stop the person for a brief time and take additional steps to......

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