In the old days when a cop would ask someone for their ID, the citizen would almost always comply—unless, of course, they were the mayor or a friend of the boss and just wanted to be on their way.
But these days “constitutional American patriots” and other “don’t tread on me!” types are increasingly challenging officers’ authority.
Americans are increasingly distrustful of their government. As cops are generally the points of contact between the government and the citizens, they wind up on the receiving end of a lot of pent up aggravation, aggression, and frustration.
It doesn’t help that there’s so much confusion about basic questions like “do people have to show their ID to police officers when asked to do so?”
In the video, a rather strange and uncooperative man makes it virtually impossible for a police officer responding to a report of a potential burglary to get any information from him.
And this is why so many young cops are literally begging for de-escalation training and “verbal judo.”
The painful fact is, these situations are becoming increasingly common, and right now cops just aren’t armed with the tools they need to prevail in these encounters.
So, grab a piece a paper and a pen and write down what you would do and say differently as the situation continues to escalate.