Here’s a video of an armed government worker pressuring a man taking video to produce ID and “detaining” him while he “investigates.”
What’s interesting about this interaction is that the man hasn’t committed any violation of statute (much less a criminal offense) yet the armed government worker “detains” him and demands ID, using the new catch-all of “suspicious” conduct to justify this. And “suspicious” is meaningless because it can mean almost anything. It is a new way for armed government workers to say, “I don’t like your looks.”
This is one of the ways armed government workers get around the former legal requirement that they must have probable cause to suspect a crime (or violation of statute) has been committed in order to justify detaining/arresting a person and compel them to identify themselves.
Absent that, a person ought to be free to go – and left in peace.
The guy taking the video is, of course, being deliberately provocative – in the sense that he knows an armed government worker is likely to “respond” to the sight of someone taking video in public, no matter the legality.
But that’s just the point.
The video-taking is legal and therefore, the armed government worker should respect the law and leave the man be absent some lawful reason to “detain” him and hector him about his ID.
The man taking video – and others like him – are doing a public service by showing the degree to which we now live in a police state, in which armed government workers are free to ignore the law and enforce “laws” which don’t exist.
Just cry “suspicious” and anything goes!
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