Baltimore police detain someone for taking pictures. They admit it is not a crime, but then detain him. This officer shows his ignorance. Officer Scheidt in particular does not know the law.
They seem to think that you can not ask an illegal alien to provide ID, but you can ask a citizen to do so even when the police have admitted that he was not breaking the law. Talk about a kafkaesque world.
Exercise your rights or lose them.
[Update June 2, 2011]: It appears now that the MTA admits the officers were wrong. ”They can most certainly take photos of our system,” Ralign Wells, the MTA Administrator, said. “We’ll look at our training processes, we’ll look at whether any administrative situations need to occur with those officers,” Wells added.