- Dec 26, 2019
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From my understanding the Police were responding to a complaint called in by a citizen. Thats "probable cause" to investigate further.
First, a citizen can call in and complain about things that aren't crimes. That an officer has a "complaint", doesn't rise to the level of "probable cause".
Second, I really don't think you understand what "probable cause" is. Within the US legal system, an officer needed "probable cause" OF A CRIME to be able to arrest someone. Getting a call alone, could never rise to the level of "probable cause". What I really think you're trying to talk about is "reasonable suspicion". Reasonable suspicion is a much lower standard of evidence than probable cause. If an officer has reasonable suspicion OF A CRIME or that criminal activity is afoot, the officer can detain, and in many states, demand that a citizen ID themselves. Reasonable suspicion can be built upon a 911 call, but I don't think that can be the sole component.
In the case of the OP, there was a 911 call and a complaint, but nothing alleged in that call was even suggested to be a crime. All the call said is that there was a black guy in a white hoodie with a gun. It didn't say that he was threatening anyone or otherwise doing anything illegal. All it said is that they wanted him checked out.