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Wow, how was this ever legal to begin with?

It was legal because in the king's eyes, the colonists weren't really citizens, they were just subjects, and therefore subject to search and seizure on a whim. That was one of the reasons we had a revolution.

There was also a brief period between 1789-1791 where it wasn't explicitly clear that it was illegal, but that was resolved by amending the constitution.

The authoritarians that run NYC are tremendously contemptuous of the common man. See: anything Bloomberg has ever done.

Stop and frisk something something...

It wasn't. The people doing it just pretended it was.

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