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Lawsuit Targets Stop-and-Frisk in Wilmington

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An attorney representing three men detained by Wilmington police has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the city's stop-and-frisk practices.
   
The complaint filed Thursday claims Wilmington police have been illegally handcuffing, transporting, searching, and imprisoning people based solely upon reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. The police department declined comment.
   
Delaware law allows police to stop and question people if they have a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Police also can detain people for further questioning for up to two hours if they don't answer questions to the officers' satisfaction.
   
The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, challenges Wilmington police department's implementation of the state statute, saying the law does not allow police to routinely handcuff and take people to the police station during investigative detentions.

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