Everyone involved acted inappropriately. There was no reason for the first officer to saunter up and demand ID of a citizen who was not breaking any laws, who was merely sitting in a public place waiting to pick up his kids.
That said, there was no reason for him to refuse to provide ID when asked, unless he'd just walked over to get his kids and didn't bother to grab his wallet. There's no law against being in public without ID, by the way.
The second officer was waaaay out of line. Tazing a guy who neither raised a voice or a hand or gave the slightest indication of running, who'd already explained where he was going and why, was nothing more than "I am THE MAN and you, serf, will kneel before me when ordered to do so."
Bottom line, I'm on the citizen's side in this one.
Here's more information -
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story...-lollie-arrestOur officers were called by private security guards on a man who was trespassing in a private area. The guards reported that the man had on repeated occasions refused to leave a private "employees only" area in the First National Bank Building.
With no information on who the man was, what he might be doing or why he refused to leave the area, responding Saint Paul police officers tried to talk to him, asking him who he was. He refused to tell them or cooperate.
The guy was somewhere he wasn't supposed to be and refused to leave or cooperate with authorities. That's textbook trespassing.
If you don't want to get thumped by the cops don't be a jerk.
Last edited by Lutherf; 08-29-14 at 04:01 PM.