OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Saturday, December 14

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QUESTION: Can a cop randomly stop his car by me when I'm walking on the street, and ask for my complete address?
I mean, no explanations, he just rolled his window over, and asked me what my address is. Is it legal?

11 comments

  1. From what I understand, you do not have to talk to the police if you do not want to. You are under no obligation to divulge any information about yourself, or to answer their questions without informing you why they are doing so.

    If you feel violated by such an incident, report it to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director:

    https://www.oiprd.on.ca/CMS/Complaints.aspx

    Tldr, they can ask anything they want, you don't have to answer unless there's a good reason for you to do so

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  2. You have zero legal obligation to answer unless they have cause and tell you there is cause. You can walk away from being "detained". You may have fit a description or you looked out of place

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    1. Which begs the question; how does a university aged student look out of place in a university town...

      Hmm...

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  3. so.... did you tell him?

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  4. Don't give them a false address and name, because when they actually arrest you, it doesn't go over too well in court.

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  5. walking, or as a passenger in a car, you are under no obligation to ID yourself or provide any info

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  6. They can legally ask you and you have every right to say nothing. You can only be compelled to speak in court.

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    1. This is what they mean by "you have the right to remain silent"

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  7. If this happened to you, then you should report it. Go to Campus Police (unless they were the ones that stopped you, then go to the region) and discuss the situation with them.

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  8. This is definitely NOT legal. You are not legally allowed to be stopped on the street unless they have some reason for doing so suspicion etc.

    and you NEVER have to tell them anything. Although, if you did do something wrong it is best to cooperate.

    They have no right to randomly stop you. Nevermind ask for personal information!

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  9. only mildly relevant but a very good read:

    http://www.primermagazine.com/2013/learn/legally-speaking-police-are-at-the-door

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