“Street Encounters” and the Constitution: Terry, Sibron, Peters, and Beyond

In light of the surfeit of law review commentary on the subject of stop and frisk, a word about what follows is in order. This Article is not intended to be a restatement or summary of the recent debate on stop and frisk. Terry and its companions have put some of the issues to rest and pushed others to the forefront, and with the resulting change in the battle lines the time is ripe for a reassessment. The concern here is with the approach taken by the Supreme Court in Terry, Sibron, and Peters, and the emphasis is upon what the Court has and has not done, and upon what is likely to happen in future cases.