I was stopped while cycling on hwy 59 in Texas, about 50 miles south of Huston.
Officer started asking me questions about my travels.
I asked: "Have I done anything illegal?
Officer: "No, but I need your ID"
I: Am I being detained?
I: Am I free to go?
Officer: Hmm.. No.
I: Do you not have to have a "reasonable suspicion" to detein me?
Officer: No, I do not. I need to know who you are. What if a truck passes you by, and the wind draft pushes you into the ditch and you die. We need to know who to send the body to.
I thought he was joking, and I started to walk away. Then another officer came and said I had to show ID or he will arrest me.
I gave him my ID and I was on my way quickly.
My question is: Did the cops act illegally in any way there? Do they or do they not have to have a reasonable suspicion to detain people on the road?
I love cycling my way to wherever I need to go. I comply even with what I consider illegal requests from cops, but it is getting aggravating after too many encounters.
I wrote a few emails to the state, but no answer 😕
I tried ACLU and same, no answer, no reply. I tried to simply tell cops "NO, it's not ok" and I got arrested for obstructing an officer (I have a question about it that got put on hold for being poorly worded/off topic) I tried cycling south of the US-MX border. That seems to have worked great :)