US v. Whitfield, 09-3031
Motion to suppress in conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearmUS v. Whitfield, 09-3031
, concerned a challenge to the district court's denial of a motion to suppress a gun and other evidence, in a prosecution of defendant for being a felon in possession of a firearm. In affirming the judgment, the court held that, applying the collective knowledge doctrine, there is little question that there was reasonable suspicion to seize defendant.
As the court wrote: "It would make little sense to decline to apply the
collective knowledge doctrine in a fast-paced, dynamic situation such as
we have before us, in which the officers worked together as a unified
and tight-knit team; indeed, it would be impractical to expect an
officer in such a situation to communicate to the other officers every
fact that could be pertinent in a subsequent reasonable suspicion
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