Sacramento, CA -- In a video uploaded to YouTube recently, two Sacramento police officers show their ignorance of the law and their willingness to violate the rights of others.
In the video, a man was harassed and arrested for doing absolutely nothing illegal. According to the uploader, RichRex100, he was minding his own business when these two rights-violating vultures approached him.
"I was just standing in a vacant dirt lot watching some people jump a car when the police pull up and ask for IDs. Nothing was stolen, and everything was legal. They checked their IDs, and when they were finished they focused on me. I refused to identify myself because according to the law I'm not required to," he explains.
The short video begins with the man being asked for his ID by Sacramento police officer Peterson. In California, police cannot arrest someone for refusing to show ID. They can ask for your ID all they want, but you do not have to provide it.
Even if this man was being accused of a crime, according to California law, he still wouldn't have to provide his ID. Some states have what are called "Stop and Identify" statutes that require someone suspected of criminal activity to provide identification to police, making refusal a crime. California has no such statute, so if you refuse to provide an ID while police are detaining you, they can't arrest you just for refusing.
These officers apparently skipped the part of the training that told them that citizens have rights.
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After the man legally refuses to show identification, Officer Cranford decides to come over and flex her author-i-tie! Cranford threatens the man with arrest if he doesn't show his ID, but the man stands his ground.
However, when this pompous cop sees that this man is documenting her illegal activities by practicing his first amendment right, she snaps, and the man is placed under arrest.
Officer Cranford would do well to read the constitution as well as California law regarding filming in public.
In California, it is well-settled law that yes, you can record cops. The First Court of Appeals stated that is ok for the general public to record public servants, e.g. police officers while they are working. This decision took place because cops were piecemeal arresting citizens who were recording them, and the stories gained the attention of local news stations.
Not only does the video below illustrate the criminal ignorance of these officers, but it also shows their ignorance to the Free Thought Project's dedication to exposing corrupt cops. Well, they will now know that violating a citizen's rights will make them famous, but not in a good way.
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