A conspiracy theorist who suspected that federal officers writing down license plate numbers in Colorado had something to do with the earthquake the previous day was arrested for refusing to provide identification.
It all started when Chris Geo, who runs the site Truth Frequency Radio, walked up to a guard shack leading to a FEMA warehouse with a video camera Wednesday.
The FEMA warehouse is next to a post officer where Geo had been told officers were writing down license plate numbers of people driving out of the parking lot.
Geo figured it had something to do with the earthquake that shook Colorado that measured 5.3 on the Richter scale.
But when Geo arrived, officers were not writing down license plate numbers.
Nevertheless, he approached the guard at the FEMA checkpoint and began asking questions.
The guard told him he was not allowed to video record the federal facility.
Geo refused to stop recording, so the guard called a Homeland Security officer who demanded identification.
Geo refused to provide it on the basis he was not committing a crime.
At 8:45 in the video, he asked if he was free to go. The officer said no and arrested him.
There is no federal law that requires citizens to provide identification when asked by a law enforcement officer.
And Colorado law states the following regarding the issue:
16-3-103. Stopping of suspect. (1) A peace officer may stop any person who he reasonably suspects is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a crime and may require him to give his name and address, identification if available, and an explanation of his actions. A peace officer shall not require any person who is stopped pursuant to this section to produce or divulge such person’s social security number. The stopping shall not constitute an arrest.
But all he was doing was video recording from outside the FEMA plant, which should not be enough to make the officer reasonably suspect he was committing a crime.
Geo was charged with “failure to comply with a federal officer.”