When shouldn't I be stopped and searched? It is wrong for a police officer to stop and search someone without good reason. For example they should not discriminate by stopping and searching someone just because of their race or the way they look. Expand It is illegal for a police officer to stop and search someone just because of: age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability; religion or faith; the way a person looks or dresses, the language they speak; or because they have committed a crime in the past. If someone believes this is why they were stopped or searched, they can complain.