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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 11:26 pm (UTC)
There is precedent for requiring a citizen to produce identification whether driving or RIDING on public roads. I had a video for awhile that showed a truck being pulled over, and the old drunk guy in the passenger seat being taken in because he refused to produce ID. Well, he was kinda belligerent, too, but not what I'd consider threatening.
May. 3rd, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
OK, stipulate that this Latino is walking down the street and the police talk to him about something. That counts as a "contact" for the AZ law, so now if he has a Cheech Marin accent, it's a reenactment of "Born in East L.A." hehe
May. 3rd, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm not saying it's right. The reason I held on to that video for so long is because it p*ssed me off.