ST. THOMAS — Virgin Islands lawmakers quickly shot down a bill on Monday that aimed to codify language in the V.I. Code involving Stop and Frisk, the controversial policing practice of stopping and searching persons whenever there is a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.

The bill, Bill 33-0075, sought to grant peace officers the right to briefly detain individuals reasonably thought to have committed, or be in the process of committing, a criminal offense. The bill also grants officers permission to perform weapons searches if there is probable cause that the person is armed and dangerous.

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