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Unlawful-stop Claim – Reasonable Suspicion

WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. James E. Brown

Case No.: 2020AP489-CR

Officials: DONALD, J.

Focus: Unlawful-stop Claim – Reasonable Suspicion

James E. Brown appeals a judgment of conviction, following a guilty plea, of one count of carrying a concealed weapon. Brown argues that Milwaukee police lacked reasonable suspicion to stop his vehicle. We agree and conclude that even if the initial stop was lawful, police lacked reasonable suspicion to extend the traffic stop. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment of conviction and remand the matter with directions consistent with this opinion.

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