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Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

Say you’re a Latino living in Arizona, who has a “contact” with the police.  They think you may be an illegal alien, and ask for your identification.  Turns out, there’s no law requiring any citizen to actually possess or carry identification with them.  What’s the next step for the police?

Oh, and by the way, police have always been allowed to check the immigration status of suspects, this just allows them to check the status of other people who have “contact” with the police.


May. 2nd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't.

As for "computers" - since there's no ID requirement for citizens, how would you know the person who is saying he's a citizen without ID is giving the police an accurate NAME to use for that computer search? Seems like a real difficult problem to me.
May. 2nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
If you have any cop friends get them to pull you up in their computers. The ones in FL had all my DL pictures and every address I've lived at and the report related to an accident I was involved in. If a cop asked my name and I gave it and he saw my pic and it looked like me and I could varify an address or four he'd prolly believe it was me. if I had no utstanding warrants and had never been arrested for anything that resembled his original reason for stopping and asking me (like say I had an arson arrest and he stopped me in an area where an arson investigation was going on) then I would think he'd feel OK about my idetity and I'd be free to leave. FL cops can even pull up a record of everything you've pawned and who you are friends and family with if they are in the system. Cop computers have become like wikipedia. See if you area offers a Good Citizen class. It's enlightening to say the least.
May. 2nd, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's both amazingly cool and just a little bit creepy. Makes me glad to be a law-abiding citizen.