I just watched another YouTube video of people refusing to show their ID to cops. Citing that there is no law that requires them to do so. OK, there’s 100’s of these videos, if not 1000’s on YouTube, and they are all basically the same, and all equally stupid.
No matter what your opinion is of cops, a cop should have the right to know who you are, even if they’re wrong. Granted there are a lot of cops who are assholes, many people join the force just to carry a gun, bully, and intimidate people. They don’t treat people the same, if you’re poor, or not white, or don’t speak English as your 1st language, or all 3 at the same time, you know you’re going to get treated like shit by most of the boys in blue.
But let’s get real here, if I was a cop and I pulled you over I want to know who you are. My name and badge number is visually displayed on my uniform for you to see. If you refused to show me your ID that would send off bells ringing in my head thinking maybe you’re hiding something, maybe a warrant for your arrest, or you have had your licence suspended.
Cops are naturally suspicious of odd, or uncooperative behavior. If I was a cop, if I put myself in their situation, I would be too.
So even if they don’t have the right to ask you to identify yourself, cooperation and expediency would indicate to a smart man who has nothing to hide to pony up the ID so you both can get on with your lives. And if they were wrong, and they wasted your time, hopefully they will apologize and thank you for your cooperation and you can both leave the situation none the worse for wear.
What exactly are you proving by not volunteering your ID? That you can one over the cops? That you can make them feel or look like idiots on YouTube? You think you’re Rosa Parks? Get a fucking clue. The only person that’s the idiot is you, for putting up a video of you screwing with cops that have better things to do than put up with your bullshit.
I’m not a fan of cops, most of them probably deserve to be in jail themselves for how they treat the poor, the minorities, foreigners, and everyone else who isn’t white and wealthy, but I can at least try to put myself in their shoes and yes, I would definitely want to know who you are, and would definitely be suspicious of you if you refused to tell me.
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