Is "following someone" really illegal?

Is "following someone" really illegal?

This is a discussion on Is "following someone" really illegal? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Without mentioning any particular current news topic, here's a question that I think DOES warrant discussion: Is "following someone" illegal? Isn't that exactly what "private ...

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    Is "following someone" really illegal?

    Without mentioning any particular current news topic, here's a question that I think DOES warrant discussion:

    Is "following someone" illegal? Isn't that exactly what "private eyes" have always done? If any citizen decides to follow someone(for whatever reason), while occupying locations where he is legally allowed to be, and without confronting them in any way, is that illegal? I don't think so.
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    Well, I'll get mine in before the mods visit. Following someone is not illegal, generally speaking. It can, however, be very, very unwise.
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    It may cross over to illegal if it satisfies the definition of "stalking" or "harrassment." But generally I would think that it isn't, but I haven't researched that at all.
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    i would say depending on the reason(s) as to why you are following the individual..???

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    Only if they're a cop. Don't take their picture either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeejib View Post
    Only if they're a cop. Don't take their picture either.
    I know this will probably draw some heat from LEO members here but.....why cant you follow a cop? we pay their salary, shouldn't we be able to see how our money is being spent? With great power comes great responsibility.
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    yes you can follow anybody even a cop as long as you are wearing your CCW badge holder or CCW sash.
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    No, it's when you interfere with them that it gets to be an issue.
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    There is a difference in observation and interference, or impeding someone's ability to move or function. Ya gotta be smart enough to get that part down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeejib View Post
    Only if they're a cop. Don't take their picture either.
    Quote Originally Posted by usmc0311 View Post
    I know this will probably draw some heat from LEO members here but.....why cant you follow a cop? we pay their salary, shouldn't we be able to see how our money is being spent?
    Why follow them? Just go to the station and fill out a form, you can sit in their passenger seat all night if it floats your boat.

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    I would GUESS its not a crime so long as you arent impeding them in any way. (thinking of paparazzi and celebrities).

    It all comes down to who initiates a physical altercation and where it goes from there I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by usmc0311 View Post
    I know this will probably draw some heat from LEO members here but.....why cant you follow a cop? we pay their salary, shouldn't we be able to see how our money is being spent?
    Police officers have been selected for murder because of their profession. Although I know of no law against following a police officer, I bet if I was still active duty and you followed me, I could find a violation of a traffic law to charge you with after a couple of blocks. I remember an officer who used to like to pace someone from in front. The citizen claimed he was only going as fast as the officer. The officer told the judge he saw the vehicle approaching his vehicle from the rear when he was going the speed limit. This meant the citizen was speeding. He increased his speed until their vehicles were going the same speed. Then he "paced from in front" and stopped the vehicle and ticketed it. The citizen paid the fine.

    There is no law saying you can not reach under your seat at a traffic stop, try it the next time you get stopped. Then let us know how you made out. Some things are just not to smart.
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So, an officer with a badge can make up a reason or "find" one to have you stop following him but a citizen who might be in danger can not do squat. Is that what you are saying?
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    I dont make a habit of it but if I see a cop blatantly ignoring traffic laws (turning or changing lanes without blinkers, running stop signs, using blue lights just so they don't have to sit through a traffic light, littering, parking in no parking zones when they are off duty and picking up extra work as security at the local grocery store, not yielding to pedestrians....... and yes i regularly see cops do this) then i will follow them to the next stop light, roll down my window and ask them why they feel that they are so special that they do not have to follow the rules like everyone else- the same rules we pay them to enforce.

    Lack of integrity, hypocrisy, abuse of power

    I just feel like someone should call them out on it
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    So, an officer with a badge can make up a reason or "find" one to have you stop following him but a citizen who might be in danger can not do squat. Is that what you are saying?

    Ummmmm...ya think? Welcome to Amerika. "Serve and Protect" is long gone.

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