[nfb-talk] Of safety matters (off-topic?)
dsmithnfb at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 05:11:11 UTC 2011
I would be most interested to hear from individuals who have had
not-so plesent expiriences with law enforcement.
By this I mean that you've been stopped by an officer who demands to
see identification, but refuses to properly identify themselves other
than to say that they are a police officer.
I have had an expirience with an officer who said ssimply that they
are with the police and would like to see my identification. Being
blind, I cannot identify this person visually, so with long white
cane in hand, I asked for the officer to further identify themselves,
to show me some sort of identification confirming that they are who
they say they are. The officer refused to do so, and went on to
say that if I didn't give them my ID, they would arrest me.
I'm no legal expert, but I imagine they can't just arrest someone who
refuses to give them ID if there is no effort on the officer's part
to further confirm in a reasonable manner.
I contacted the station the next day and was patched through to
a supervisor, who confirmed that there is nothing legally that
mandates an officer to do anything but askyou for your ID. I assume
though, that this is only applicable to uniformed police officers.
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