posted on Jun, 23 2004 @ 05:49 PM
They are trying to protect YOU.
the case that brought about the ruling...this Cowboy that refused to give his name...
Lets go back a bit to what brought about the origional charge...(some of this is assumption...but the story contained therein is from the origional
article in the Washington Post called "Show Me Your Papers, Cowboy")
The cowboy was out in the middle of nowhere...on HIS land....leaning against HIS pickup...smoking a cigarette...basically just "being"
Cop drives by...sees the cowboy...gets out of his car and asks the guy who he is and why he's there...cowboy replies he's doin' nothing and why did
the cop want his name....cop replies he want's his name because he asked for it...(maybe just because he was the cop?) Cowboy still didn't hear a
good reason to give his identity...so he still didn't give it...cop cuffs him...takes him in...
now..with this scenerio...where/who is the cop protecting the cowboy from?
Police are trained under military standards....in the military...you shoot and ask questions later....guilty until proven innocent...
I realize being a cop is a dangerous job....but it is their choice to do it...if one is to "protect and to serve"....then adding "respect of the
citizen" to their vocabulary would have saved the whole problem with the cowboy...all the cop had to do was tell him WHY he wanted the cowboy's
name...a courtious reciprication to the cowboy's question...