Definition of Probable Cause
The police do not have a general power to stop and search members of the public.  All their powers to stop and search derive from various statutes.

What was the probable cause to stop me on my morning walk?  None! A wellness check does not fall under probable cause.

Considering that a Framingham police officer recently killed someone I personally consider being stopped by any police officer very dangerous under any circumstances. 

When a police officer stops you, he/she should have a very valid reason to stop you, in essence, probable cause.

As soon as one of our not so Braniac Framingham police officers stop you, for whatever silly reason they may conjure, they are conducting a search. They may want to know who you are (search for identity) or why you are here. If they stop you, you are being held against your will. If you walk away, they will make up a reason to arrest you.

If they stop you frequently enough, it consitutes police harassment. This was the thirteenth time they have stopped me in fifteen years.

Officer Gregory Reardon decided to stop me on a wellness check. I do not believe that the U.S. Constitution covers a wellness check but it would seem unreasonable to believe that Reardon knows what our Constitution is.

I find it extremely repugnant that Framingham's police thug Gregory Reardon used the color of law to deprive me of freedom because I refused to identify myself. Later in court, he testified that I was paranoid.

Justice Louis Brandeis stated ever so wisely,

Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.  For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious.  If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself.

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