A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday claims the City of Wilmington’s policy of stopping people on city streets, frisking them and imprisoning them without probable cause is unconstitutional. To imprison someone without probable cause or arrest is a violation of false imprisonment and kidnapping laws. Although city officials are calling for stronger measures to enforce the laws in Wilmington, is this policy constitutional or legal? Is stopping people on city streets without probable cause and imprisoning them for a two-hour “investigatory period.” even in the realm of legality? According to the NewsJournal, Kathleen MacRae, executive director of the Delaware American Civil Liberties Union said Friday that if Wilmington has engaged in that practice without probable cause to arrest the suspect, it is unconstitutional. “If this is a regular practice of the Wilmington Police Department, it should stop immediately,” she said. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and a permanent injunction against the City of Wilmington’s police policy, on this matter and well as damages. According to the NewsJournal, the lawsuit filed Friday details two incidents where three individuals were stopped, frisked, handcuffed, transported and imprisoned by Wilmington Police. In one case, the two plaintiffs claimed they were also subjected to a cavity search in a stop that never resulted in any charges. This lawsuit should define what police are and are not able to do to enforce the law in Delaware. If these practices are allowed to continue and set a precedent, this could become the new normal police tactics throughout Delaware. The question is: are certain minorities being targeted and is one gender more than the other being targeted for cavity searches?