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Published on Nov 5, 2010
A homeland Security police officer asks me for my ID, because I filmed him. I politely tell him I decline to show it to him. I was filming an anti torture protest in front of a federal courthouse in Portland. He acknowledges that I am correct and DO NOT have to show him my ID
In spite of the friendliness between the officer and I, the down side to this ID request tactic is that many folks don't know they have the right to counter the officers request, and when an officer asks they want to comply so they don't get arrested.
The Homeland Security officer really had no reason other than "mere conversation" to ask me for ID... (and) to take advantage of my ignorance if given the chance. He was polite and so was I, but I feel this type of info gathering dragnet is sneaky, intimidating, and not what I want law enforcement to be doing to joe anybody public.
I agree he was polite and friendly like.... in fact a few weeks latter we both were on sidewalk waiting for the cross-walk light and we both were polite and acknowledged each other as we commented on the weather being a nice day. (That day I wasn't filming & he didn't ask me for my ID)