Re: How Long Can the Police Detain Somebody for Failing to Provide ID
If there were truly no probable cause to justify an arrest for any other offense, then the statute you cited could not be charged. However, without knowing the specifics of a particular incident, neither I nor you can say that there was no cause for arrest prior to this guy’s refusal to ID himself. You are only assuming “that someone who is filming in public has not committed any crimes.” Youtube videos rarely tell the whole story and, in fact, are frequently carefully edited to further and agenda.
As far as how long can he be held – Well, the police can book him into jail as a “John doe,” the jail will then try to ID him (likely by running his fingerprints). If he still cannot be ID’d, he can be brought before a judge who will demand he ID himself. If he still refuses, the judge can hold him for contempt of court – theoretically for the rest of his life. Alternatively, he could theoretically be tried as “John Doe,” be sentenced, and be made to serve his full sentence (likely incurring further charges during this ordeal). If he is truly dedicated to being a martyr, the judicial system will oblige him.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.