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A Hispanic man walks up to a bus stop in downtown Salt Lake City (U.T.A.) holding a cell phone and wearing a hoodie and tennis shoes.
Officer Price approaches and asks him if he was smoking a cigarette.
He asks her if it looked like he was smoking, and tells her to leave him alone, he doesn’t like talking to cops.
At this point, the man begins taking video on his cell phone.
She continues harassing the man, asking repeatedly if he is smoking and calling another officer over.
She asks for the man’s ID.
The man asks “Do I need to show ID?”
She answers yes.
To confirm, the man then repeats, “I need to show ID in the state of Utah?”
Officer Price responds with telling him that she asked him if he was smoking and he is refusing to give her an answer, repeating that she needs his ID.
The man asks if this was an investigation to see if he was smoking.
Officer Price responds that she needs to see his ID because he is refusing to answer her question.
The man replies that he will show her an ID if he is being investigated for a crime, and asks if he is being investigated for a crime.
She doesn’t answer his question, and she says to let her see his ID.
She then switches her story up, saying that she saw him smoking a cigarette and he won’t answer her questions.
He asks, “So now you saw me smoking a cigarette?”
She responds that she only asked to see if he would be truthful to her, and now he is not answering her question and saying that he doesn’t want to talk to cops.
He responds with, “Well, no, because look at what you’re doing.”
She asks again for his ID and this time he complies, and hands the woman his ID.
She asks if he had any previous history with U.T.A., saying that it was private property. Then she asks if he was going to answer her original question.
The man refuses to answer the question and asks if he is free to go.
She replies that he is not.
Another officer approaches. Officer Price asks for help, saying that she saw the man smoking and he is refusing to answer her question.
The man finally answers her question, saying that no, he does not have any cigarettes on him and that he has “never smoked in his life” and that Officer Price is just hassling him.
He asks for his ID back and repeats that he wasn’t aware it was private property and that he would be on his way.
She asked if he was going to take a bus or was just waiting for a ride.
He tells her that he will not answer any more questions and asks her to give him his ID back so he could leave.
The man asks if he is being detained and officer Price answers that yes, he is.
He asks what crime he is being detained for
She changes her accusation to a charge of loitering (since they weren’t able to charge the man with smoking) even though the man had just arrived at the station when Officer Price began harassing him.
He asks, “So now I’m loitering?”
She asked if he had a reason to be there and he repeats that he is not answering any more of her questions because the cops are “being assholes.”
He asks for his ID once again so he could be free to go.
She repeats that the man is being detained at the moment.
He asks again, “For what crime?”
She does not reply, and a third officer approaches the scene.
He repeats his question, asking what crime he is being detained for.
He tells the cops that they should be ashamed of themselves, asking if what they were doing was really helping protect the property or was really just harassment of an innocent man.
He repeats that her original accusation was not loitering but smoking.
He says that since he wasn’t smoking, the officer was trying to charge him for something else.
The man approaches the other officers to see if they feel that the situation is unfair and the officers are unfazed.
The officer then hassles the man about talking, saying she can’t hear her radio, and he replies that it is his 1st amendment right to be able to talk if he wants to, that she can move away from him if she can’t hear her radio.
The woman writes the man a ticket for loitering.
Officer Price tells him he needs to remove his vehicle from the property.
She tells him he needs to sign the ticket for loitering, to which he replies that he had been trying to leave since she came over there.
At the end, he accuses them of taking money from people, he wasn’t loitering and they knew it.
He tells her that he got the whole thing on video – Officer Price wanted to get him for something, and since he was innocent of her first accusation, which she also lied about, she quickly changed her charge to loitering even though he had just arrived when she approached him. In the end, Officer Price ticketed an innocent man who simply questioned her rights to be bothering him in the first place.
Cops Detain Man for Suspicion of Smoking Tobacco, Ticket Him for Loitering After They Won’t Let Him Leave is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights