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Cops to Nick Stahl

You Look Suspicious ...

EMPTY YOUR POCKETS

4/24/2013 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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Does Nick Stahl look suspicious to you?? 'Cause cops in L.A. felt the "Terminator" star appeared so shady, they performed a full "empty your pockets" search on the guy in broad daylight.

Here's what we know ... Stahl was sitting on a street bench in West Hollywood on Monday when an L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. cruiser rolled up and the deputy called the actor over to the car.

During the interaction, the cop placed Stahl's hands behind his back, placed him against the squad car ... and began to pull items out of the actor's pockets.

But the cops didn't find squat -- and after a few minutes, the actor shook hands with the officer and went along with his day.

So, why did the cop feel compelled to search Stahl in the first place??

The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. tells us ... Stahl was in a "high crime area" and appeared "suspicious" at the time. Cops wouldn't tell us WHY they felt Stahl appeared suspicious.

Cops say they also didn't force Stahl to empty his pockets -- the search was "consensual."

Stahl has had issues with the law in the past -- and back in December, he was cited for performing a "lewd act" in a Hollywood porn store.

We tried reaching out to Stahl for comment -- but we just couldn't get in touch with the guy.

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IwuvTMZ    

He always looks drugged out.

463 days ago
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Dobby    

Would have been smarter to just wait around the corner. If it was a high crime area, he was probably waiting for someone who MIGHT have had something in his pocket.

463 days ago
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JayDoublePee    

Is it legal for the cops to just randomly search someone for looking "suspicious"?

463 days ago
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milly5    

they didn't check inside his shoes. thats were the drugs are at or in his butt crack..

463 days ago
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ImUrDad    

Honestly wuts wrong with "random" searches. Cant believe cops need a reason

463 days ago
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Truth    

OOOOOH.... WHERE ARE ALL THE JESSE JACKSON-AL SHARPTON WANNABE BLACK PANTHER RACISTS NOW?? ***crickets*** YEA, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. ***shocking*** POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

463 days ago
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Snowballx    

WTF?...That is beyond crazy!

463 days ago
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happypat35    

Wow....If they can strip search any suspicious person, they would be too busy searching all the crackheads, meth heads, etc., while real crimes are being committed. They would exhaust all of their resources. I thought you needed a search warrant or something.

463 days ago
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boz    

I hope Nick gets the addiction and/or mental health counseling he needs. Can't someone 5150 Nick, or get someone from SAG / AFTRA health insurance to work as an advocate to get him help?

463 days ago
10.

Francie    

What is with these actors associated with the Terminator films, this film franchise seems to have some sort of curse on it.

463 days ago
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hotandcold    

Cops say they also didn't force Stahl to empty his pockets -- the search was "consensual."

Well, yeah! You do what the 'nice' policeman tells you to do... OR ELSE!!

463 days ago
12.

PokerStar    

1. He's White.
2. He didn't make a big scene.
3. He's prolly getting baked right now at home.

463 days ago
13.

Me    

"Cops say they also didn't force Stahl to empty his pockets -- the search was "consensual."

Yeah right, but if he had refuse that "consensual search" he would have been arrested for resisting the harassing officer...

463 days ago
14.

Crystal    

I am SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!

Happens every day to non-celebrities/non-rich people.

463 days ago
15.

Hefe    

WTF is going on with this guy, seriously??? I just wanna smack the **** out of him and tell him to get his effin' life back in order. There is no way he wasn't on his way to or waiting for someone to get into some trouble. Depressing to see this guy just piss it all away.

463 days ago
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