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View Diary: Songs in the Key of Resistance: The Police Came in Waves Today. (239 comments)

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  •  I was in Reedsburg last weekend (10+ / 0-)

    My brother in law was stopped by the police for speeding. The officer checked the ID of every single person in the car. Pretty scary stuff. It smelled of police state tactics.  My BIl was not ticketed. (He works as a police officer for UW). I questioned whether the officer could take this action against passengers sans probable cause for an offense. He claimed that it is legal (at least in WI) to id everyone in a car during a traffic stop.

    I shudder to think what would have happened if someone had forgotten their wallet at home. None of my family members are members of a visible minority group. It was disturbing that he did a mass ID check for a minor offense.

    Definitely the climate of a police state.

    •  I do not believe you are obligated to provide one. (4+ / 0-)
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      noise of rain, machka, ranton, Creosote

      You can be asked for one and you can legally decline.

      It is not the law to travel with ID. You need ID for specific situations (like driving) but you are not required to simply have ID on you.

      I have been asked for ID on the overpass and I tell the officers that I do not have it on me. I am not required to have it, nor to present it.

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