It is the policy of the Department that officers conduct safe and focused investigations of complaints involving weapons that are openly carried. In conducting these investigations, officers shall recognize both the right of individuals to openly carry weapons (as permitted by the Constitution and the law) and the public's right to feel safe.
I think this is a pretty good directive. I don’t agree completely with the idea that the public’s “right to feel safe” should trump my constitutionally protected right to privacy, which the letter seems to omit. I consider my privacy one of, if not the most, important rights I have. If I don’t want to discuss the issue that day, or am not in the mood to show them my papers in order to peaceably walk down the street, what is their strategy for that contingency?
It sounds like they still feel it’s appropriate to detain and question someone for OC, under the guise of doing an investigation. I wonder how they would react to someone refusing to surrender ID or someone who refused to talk to them at all.
Great job though SV, you saw it through and got to see your efforts rewarded.