posted on Aug, 19 2013 @ 05:19 AM
Yes the above video is a bit of an extreme example, but, in everyday situations, what is the first thing a cop asks for when a contact is made? Your
If you aren't in the middle of committing a crime, and a cop asks you for your ID, it means that they don't have the right to demand it,
because they don't have probable cause.
When in this situation, you have to imagine you are playing a verbal chess game with the police officer. Remain calm, always be polite, never threaten
anything, politely refuse any requests for searches, refuse any and all requests for ID, and insist on being allowed to continue on your way. I have
found that if they ask you why you are refusing to give them an ID, the proper response is that the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution
protects your personal papers and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures.
It is hard to remain calm, but in doing so, you are robbing the police officer of any reasonable suspicion or probable cause to forcibly search your
person. To add quasi-insult to injury, thank the cop often for his cooperation in observing your constitutional rights, his dedication to protecting
the public good, and his service to the community.
If in the event the officer is belligerent, or hostile, remain calm and request a supervisor be called.
These are your rights we are dealing with, and even wearing a net over your head, or an orange jumpsuit isn't a crime in this country. Provocative
yes, illegal, no.