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Cedric, Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Can a cop follow you into a parking lot because he hasnt ever

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Can a cop follow you into a parking lot because he hasn't ever seen your vehicle in that town. Then ask you questions when you get out, like what are you doing here? How long do you plan on stay? Then when you go in the store he looks into your car through the window. Is this considered profiling?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Cedric replied 7 years ago.
No, a cop can only stop you if he has a reasonable suspicion that you are engaged in criminal activity. In other words, the only valid reason a cop can stop your car is if you have committed a traffic violation. What he did violates your 4th Amendment rights, but unfortunately, due to the lack of damage, it would be hard to get a lawyer to represent you in a suit against the police department for your civil rights being violated.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It wasnt actually done to me. It is just a scenario and I have to write a paper one it. Is it considered profiling?
Expert:  Cedric replied 7 years ago.
No, it wouldn't be considered profiling, although cops in general are more likely to pull over cars with out of state registration and plates.

(That is assuming that he didn't do it to the person due to his/her race).
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I just reread it and saw you said he cant stop you. But the cop didnt stop the person. He followed them and started asking him questions once he got out at a store. Is this allowed?