Originally posted by dunwichwitch
What if I refuse to identify myself?
What if you have no right to know who I am just because you have reasonable suspicion?
Not saying that you are, Semper, but A LOT of police officers will arrest you if you don't present an I.D.
[edit on 25-7-2008 by dunwichwitch]
If you are on private property or even in a parking lot and a cop drives up asking you what you are doing where you are going etc,. you do not have to
answer them. If they ask you for an ID and you refuse to oblige, they may think you don't have an ID on your person in which case in many states it
is against the law not to carry an ID. In this case simply inform them that you didn't say you don't have an ID but that they CAN'T SEE IT. You
have thre right to remain anonymous. Know that any questions they ask are because they are looking for something concrete to make an arrest and if
you ARE up to some spurious activity, the best thing you can do is NOT give them the stick to beat you with. Know as long as they are asking
questions, they don't have enough to make an arrest. So in this case some questions are best left un-answered by you.
Remember anything you say can and WILL be used against you. Many understand this to be a "may be used against you" when it is WILL be used against
you and that means every time every thing you say.
If they ask you why you are not cooperating let them know that you do not have to do their Job for them. In most cases simply asking the cops if you
are under arrest during the initial start of any dialogue with them and they say NO, then it is best to keep it that way by letting them know you are
under no obligation to cooperate and unless they arrest you you're free to go about your business.
Here is one I know can get many cops in trouble because they do it all the time. During an onsite investigation questioning anyone they think looks
suspicious, know that it isn't illegal to look suspicious (whatever that is) invariably they will want to place handcuffs on you allegedly for your
own safety and their own. Now this is no time to be timid but INSIST that you know what you are being placed under arrest for. They will again say
you are not under arrest and repeat that is is just policy blah blah blah.
Let them know that YOU know the law and remind them if they put those handcuffs on you, your freedom of movement is being impeded and you have
officially been "incarcerated" THAT means you MUST be UNDER ARREST so they had better know what they are doing because if they don't have a reason
to to incarecerate you, safety or no safety, that YOU WILL SUE them for false arrest.
Most everyone I know who has asserted themselves in this manor, the cops backed off because they know it's true.
Unless you are under arrest, they don't have a right to touch you much less have you answer any questions but the last thing they can do is put you
under arrest while saying you are not under arrest and that is EXACTLY what they are doing putting handcuffs on you during questioning you and
searching your person to find whatever they can to really arrest you for.
Most of the time, they find it too but you have a better chance to avoid that eventuality letting them know you are aware of this most abused
violation of ones rights.
This law sounds more like something to placate a special interest but is basically nothing more the cops are not already within their rights to do.
The OP in my opinion is making a mountain out of a mole hill
[edit on 25-8-2008 by XIDIXIDIX]