One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand.
On the 9th of December 2005, Deborah Davis will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in a case that will determine whether Deb and the rest of us live in a free society, or in a country where we must show “papers” whenever a cop demands them.
What this introduction doesn’t mention is that a section of the bus route transits the Denver Federal Center, where this incident took place. According to PapersPlease.org no signage was posted warning commuters that presenting ID would be required even though it appears that Deborah will be charged with “Conformity to Official Signs and Directions.” PapersPlease.org responds by saying:
Through these charges, it appears that the Feds are claiming that people were on notice that they had to show ID. Nowhere is this evident, unless ‘Public Welcome’ flags are bureaucratese for ‘Papers, please’.
Would you have shown your ID?