So now an unarmed, sight-seeing American citizen cannot walk down the street in public in the evening without having on his person state issued ID (once call “papers” in Nazi Germany and its occupied territories). If he cannot identify himself with the required papers, he’ll be involuntarily detained in a police vehicle and taken to a place where he can be identified by finding and presenting state issued ID to the police, or by satisfying them in some other way.
What part of this scenario conforms to the notion of “free country?” What part of it respects the fourth amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Why are ever increasing police powers — no knock raids, unlawful search and seizure (as in this case) — not generating a greater outcry from the American people?
Why? Because they’ve been tamed and subdued by Big Brother. The cops — not the citizens — rule the streets, and anyone who doesn’t like it must submit to the billyclub, or should I say, the taser.
Dylan’s constitutional rights were blatantly violated in this incident by kids with badges. That such kids had the power to do what they did should send a shudder down the spine of every freedom loving American.
EGADS! Such righteous indignation on display here ... where can we sign up for the scheduled protest of Long Branch Police headquarters?
Consider the probability of bad things happening to elderly white guys who roam low-income minority neighborhoods. Consider the possibility that the cop thought she was dealing with a demented old guy who she didn't want ending up in a body bag on her shift.