State I’m most familiar with is Texas, so yes I imagine cops may operate differently elsewhere.
In Texas cops almost compulsively ask for ID, from people not under arrest or driving. Passenger in a car stopped for speeding/traffic violation? Asked for ID. Guest at a house when your host calls the police to report a fight occuring next door? Police will show up and ask for ID from everyone. With someone when they call the police to report a traffic accident? Cops will show up and ask for your ID. Walking down the sidewalk when a cop randomly approaches, asks for ID.
ID ID ID ID ID ID ID ID ID
Ok sorry but you get the point. What possible purpose does this serve? And if you refuse or honestly don’t have it they will threaten and get nasty towards you.
It is obviously some kind of department policy to do ID dragnets, for what warrants? It seems like a giant harassing waste of time that discouraged me from calling police period.
EDIT:Once because I read online you could request a copy of a police report I called a non-emergency number for HPD and asked how to go about it, the woman got immediately changed in tone and asked for my social security#. I said I’m not giving that out over the phone, she said ok a officer will come out and check your ID and talk to you about whatever concerns you have. I said forget it and hung up.