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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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82 COMMENTS

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46.

Purple Haze    

This is so sad. He seemed to be doing well the last few months. He was even photographed with his wife and kid last month and he looked healthy. Dude, you're better than this. Get it together!

494 days ago
47.

yerppi3    

Had he been black everyone would be crying "racism". This is proof cops search people who are "looking suspicious" regardless of their skin color.

494 days ago
48.

yerppi3    

Ps- the cops were right on in their suspicion. He was just busted for trying to buy meth a week ago. He looked sweaty, out of it, anxious and CLEARLY he was looking to cop on that street corner.

494 days ago
49.

LOL!    

Well dressed white guy in the middle of the ghetto? It doesn't take much to figure out that he was looking for drugs!

494 days ago
50.

Demi    

So much freedom in this Country, huh?

494 days ago
51.

my4girrrrls    

He looks kinda dirty and relieved as f**k when that cop lets him go!

494 days ago
52.

Sam    

I would not shake hands with a cop who searched me and made me look like a criminal.

494 days ago
53.

KicksandGiggles    

Now you know what people of color go thru!

494 days ago
54.

21stcent    

He didn't use the ......Do you know who I am your going to be on the national news at least TMZ card?

494 days ago
55.

lourdgoogoo    

Show uz your paperzzzz!!!

493 days ago
56.

EastCoastChopper    

I recognize LAPD but who's that tweaker getting tossed by the cop?

493 days ago
57.

Fabolous    

Ummm...white socks and flip-flops

suspicious for sure

493 days ago
58.

Bobby    

I like Nick Stahl. I know he's had some problems that appeared in the news, but I believe he's trying to get it together.

490 days ago
59.

charadam150    

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

480 days ago
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