Cabinet approves expanded stop-and-frisk bill

A bill expanding the rules by which police can stop and search potential suspects is approved by the cabinet.

The bill allows police officers to search a person’s body, clothing and belongings for weapons without probable cause in areas that are prone to violent incidents — even without reasonable suspicion that the potential suspect is carrying anything.

The existing law mandates probable cause for such searches.

A spokesman for the Public Security Ministry says the cabinet decision means the new law is in effect now, without need for a Knesset vote. Hebrew-language media sources, however, are reporting that it does need to pass through the Knesset.

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