The specific situation I'm thinking of is ticket inspectors, but it could apply to other situations.
- The ticket inspectors assume you are fare evading without evidence (no presumption of innocence)
- They ask to see your ticket (violent communication, implying you're lying)
- If you refuse, you can be arrested and escorted off the train even though your ticket is valid (actual physical violence), and possibly issued a fine, not for travelling without a valid ticket, but for failing to produce a valid ticket when asked
As far as I know, the police must have reasonable suspicion before interacting with you, and ticket inspectors are also called "transit police". I'm not sure if they're actual police or not.
My issue is not about fare evasion. It is about treating the innocent as if they were guilty and placing the burden of proof on the accused instead of the accuser. For what it's worth, I always travel with a valid ticket and I don't like fare evasion. I also find it offensive being falsely accused on an almost daily basis, even if that's not how they see it.
Transit laws notwithstanding, is this behaviour in any way illegal?