[nfb-talk] Of safety matters (off-topic?)

ckrugman at sbcglobal.net ckrugman at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 9 19:05:57 UTC 2011

In manhy cities the police officers are given sensitivity training to 
appropriately conduct themselves in addressing citizens with disabilities. 
While I have never had a bad experience personally I would suggest 
contacting your city's ADA coordinator if there is one. You could also file 
an ADA complaint with the Department of Justice.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Darian Smith" <dsmithnfb at gmail.com>
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Subject: [nfb-talk] Of safety matters (off-topic?)

> hello:
>  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.
> Thoughts?
>  Darian
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