25 November 2005

Showing Your ID on the Bus.

Facts: A woman whose final destination is not a federal facility is riding an RTD bus in Lakewood, that happens to make a stop in the federal center in Lakewood. She is not seeking to leave the bus. She is ordered to show ID without any particularlized suspicion and arrested for not doing so. Has she committed a crime?

The story was picked up on Daily Kos, and she is being represented by the ACLU in the case. A usual, I agree with the FBI. Riding a city bus to a non-federal destination does not justify a suspicionless demand for ID.