Judge: Cops stopping suspect in wheelchair was OK

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A judge has ruled that narcotics detectives had the right to stop a man in a wheelchair after he was identified as a person selling drugs on a western New York street.

The Niagara Gazette reports that a Niagara County Court judge also ruled that the handgun police found near 28-year-old Frank Murphy can be used as evidence when his trial starts July 14.

Police say two Niagara Falls detectives responded last August to a report of a man in a wheelchair selling drugs.

When the detectives approached Murphy, he attempted to flee but was quickly caught. Detectives say he had a large plastic bag with crack cocaine on his lap.

Murphy’s lawyer challenged the stop by the detectives and the seizure of the gun and drugs.

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