Related to my thoughts on MIAC, on April 7, Blogger Shotgunwildatheart had an interesting post and video of a young man who had an encounter with Federal Transportation Security Administration officers. During the incident, the man was detained by TSA personnel at the St. Louis airport.
Officers were apparently suspicious of the $4,700 that the subject possessed in a carry-on bag, as well as his willingness to only answer questions that he believed to be “required to by law.” Evidently, the TSA officers released the man prior to having him speak with any other agencies.
The video is long, but the actual audio recording of the interrogation is from about 1:08 to 4:15:
Just a few thoughts:
--When an officer thinks something is wrong and bluffs an individual, he/she has to know when to stop pushing. If the TSA officer’s reason to detain was solely the $4,700 and there is no law against carrying that amount of cash onto an airplane, the appropriate action would be to make a record of the stop and release him. The officer can always continue the investigation later using all of the individual’s information or forward it to the appropriate agency.
--If you are going to bring a subject to another agency, you best be certain that it is a valid arrest/detainment. Dumping a bad (legal) stop in the lap of officers/agents with another agency is a quick way to have your credibility ruined—especially in future incidents.
--The TSA officer that becomes angry and discharges a few explicatives will be an easy target for management to reprimand. When an officer lets loose a verbal bomb or two his/her only defense with management is heat of the moment—-being angry because someone appears to be responding to questions evasively simply does not look professional in the eyes of the public or supervisors.
--Similar to the fellow arrested in Orlando that I featured previously as my Tuber of the Week post, I think this subject was very enthusiastic about being stopped by authorities. I picture the guy rehearsing his cell phone recording technique and other parts of the encounter as this certainly has given his organization and a huge boost in publicity.
The guy’s mention of the MIAC militia report in the news interview afterward seems opportunistic as I would be very surprised if TSA was even on the MIAC distribution list.
Unfortunately for police agencies, each incident with lots of media attention involving questionable behavior by enforcement personnel makes the job that much more difficult for other officers even when they are acting on firm legal footing.