This video shows a guy admirably standing up to “heroes” demanding to ID him as he tries to get to his home. Apparently, there is a sinkhole somewhere nearby – but it’s obviously not in the immediate vicinity.
There’s no “danger” to anyone’s “safety.”
What’s particularly admirable about this interchange is the way the man calls out the “heroes” – points out that they are creating problems and that he will not accept their blame-gaming, double-thinkian double-talk.
These arrogant “heroes” take any lack of servility/deference to their authority as creating problems for them. It reveals the occupying army attitude of these people toward citizens, whom they treat with condescension at best and bullying at worst.
It is the inevitable result of elevating law enforcers to godhead – or at least, to the status of praetorians.
And – more deeply – of this business of law enforcement itself.
Words matter. Law enforcement means enforcing laws – any laws; all laws. Whether a given law is ridiculous or abusive is irrelevant. The only relevant consideration to a law enforcer is that he is enforcing the law.
To deal with this problem, we must deal first with mindless veneration of laws; the idea that people have a duty to submit and obey simply because “it’s the law.” Crap on that. If a law is ridiculous or abusive, it is deserving of contempt and evasion whenever possible.
And the same goes for those who enforce such laws.