What did you make the of the discussion on pp.25-26? [concerning massive number of stops] I happen to agree that lots of Terry stops go unreported. That citizen contact form is a pain to fill out. But in arguing that many Terry stops go unreported, the DOJ notes that a "stop form" wasn't completed in ANY of the 335 handgun arrests that arose from Terry stops in 2014.No, I don't think you are.
Who the hell fills out a stop form when they're arresting the suspect? The arrest report -- a full-blown incident report as well as the probable cause statement entered during booking -- serves as the narrative that explains all the facts. They expect the cop to write three reports for a stop-turned-arrest?!
I expect hardly anybody fills out the stop form when the end up making an arrest. Did they really limit their study of Terry stops to cases in which the officer filled out a citizen contact form? If so, it seems they ended up excluding almost all of the cases in which the Terry stop resulted in an arrest. And then they triumphantly concluded that hardly any Terry stops result in an arrest or citation. (By "citation" they must mean a criminal summons. I would guess that a majority of BPD officers haven't used that book a single time in the last year). Am I missing something?
Another person picked up on this, too:
This is starting to look sloppy. On page 26 they say these Terry stops lead to lots and lots of arrests. On page 28: "The lack of sufficient justification for many of BPD’s pedestrian stops is underscored by the extremely low rate at which stops uncover evidence of criminal activity. In a sample of over 7,200 pedestrian stops reviewed by the Justice Department, only 271--or 3.7 percent--resulted in officers issuing a criminal citation or arrest.”