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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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31.

ubsodumb    

Don't do drugs

365 days ago
32.

Peter North is My Father    

Okay, this guy was cited for performing a lewd act near a porn store!!! My guess is the last thing I want to say to him is empty your pockets!!!

365 days ago
33.

enzo    

sww, sitting while white

365 days ago
34.

Italia    

Wait a minute, there's a "high crime area" in West Hollywood?

I've lived in West Hollywood for years and years and I've never seen anything except for people having a great time.

West Hollywood is the only place where you don't have to worry about someone jumping out of the bushes, and you can actually walk to the grocery store after dark.

365 days ago
35.

J    

Must be another case of racist cops. We all know white guys never get hassled by the cops. Right Jesse and Al.

365 days ago
36.

thomas    

Once the cops have got their hands on you, you can expect to be stopped and interrogated every time they see you for the next 20 years. They will say you are a suspicious person, or acting strangely, or you don't belong there (like you are a black person in a rich white neighborhood - sure way to get arrested).

365 days ago
37.

Silenteyesee    

So much for the so called consential search looks like his hands were behind his back and the officer was going thru his pockets.

365 days ago
38.

alphatino48    

Terminator actors aren't an actual race, coppers! So stop racial profiling them!

365 days ago
39.

Black    

I guess you have to be black to look suspicious according to TMZ

365 days ago
40.

taz    

TMZ I call BS on this. The only shady thing going on here is how your cameraman just happened to be there when cops rolled up on this guy. More plausible is that you spotted him sitting there, and knowing his history decided to start something by making a call.

365 days ago
41.

Fred Farkel    

who??

365 days ago
42.

bernergirl    

Is that legal without a warrant?

365 days ago
43.

Francie    

Most of the actors associated with the Terminator movies turn out to be losers.....

365 days ago
44.

speekintruth    

Racist black cop!(read sarcasm) If the situation was reversed wouldn't the rabid racist blacks be playing the race card??

365 days ago
45.

pak1    

Waaaaaaaoooooow! That's ****ed up!

365 days ago
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