I wonder what for?
That is ridiculous.
The link to donate on his site is not working correctly, I'm emailing him now.
Maybe he needs a permit for what he's doing? That's the only reason "Code Enforcement" would be involved, as far as I can think of. Or not identifying himself? But that would be thrown out because he knows the law...
Last edited by Just1n; 04-24-2009 at 02:27 PM.
The cop is an idiot, plain and simple. There isn't an academy in the state that does not make it perfectly clear exactly what that law means, in ever respect, making absolutely SURE that you understand it's not a "gotcha" law for arresting people without probable cause. As written, it applies ONLY if you are already arrested, or as stated in a seprarate law, being interviewed as a witness to a crime. It does NOT allow cops to arrest you for not IDing. It only allows an additional charge for failure to ID after arrest, much like a resisting arrest charge.Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name , residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.
The cop is an incompetent and a criminal, and should be punished as such.
LOL! Why wouldn't I be? I love this guy. And I hate crooked cops.
This was one lesson that really stood out because the instructors made such a specific effort to assure that we all understood it. During scenarios, there were several students who would invoke the fail to ID statute as a reason that they were going to arrest someone. And the kind of scenario that this guy was in was very much like those they gave us at the academy. They would give you mildly uncooperative persons to investigate, with suspicious circumstances, but no evidence of any actual crime to justify arrest or detention. The guy would deny having any ID on him, and the instructors would just wait for you to try the fail to ID arrest on them before pwning you for it.
There's two problems here. First, a lot of cops know titles of laws, but fail to understand the actual content of the law. It's genuine ignorance, which I am sure plays at least some part here. But more than ignorance, there is the simple arrogance often seen in law enforcement. They don't care what the law actually says. They don't care if their arrest gets thrown out. They don't care because, not only are there zero consequences for bad arrests, but because their whole intent was just to hassle you in the first place. Therefore, even with a bad arrest, they always win.
The ACLU camping out with news crews in front of the Lakeway city hall is the only way any of this will change. But I have no more respect or faith in the ACLU than I do in bad cops. Unless Mr. Mitchell is gay, the ACLU could not care less.