Can a cop relieve me of my property? So I had to call the police on my roommate, and when I was talking with the officers, they spotted that I was carrying a knife and took it off me. Now I know that they can do that during a Terry stop. But I'm not sure they can for normal calls. Which way is it? I didn't mind it so much (except that he got pissy with me), but I just want to know. Edit for newcomers: I called the police via their non-emergency phone number. We met and spoke in the parking lot. My roommate was not present. He drove away several minutes after I made the call, not knowing that I had called the police (he had drunk a bottle of wine, so I gave them the plates). My roommate pushed me against the wall/hot stove, had his hands around my throat and the words "I'll kill you" came out of his mouth. All the while he had a grin on his face. The man is not stable. This is the second time he's threatened a persons life in an agitated state of mind. All I did to him was warn him to stay out of my space, under penalty of a shove back out of my way. He has the habit of getting in my way and expecting me to move. I know that he does it on purpose.