ASHLAND, Ore--- The old saying goes do not believe everything you read on the internet. The Ashland Police Chief is battling that problem with inaccurate information about a new I.D. ordinance in Ashland City Council.
False information is being posted about the ordinance on social media. "A lot of people are misconstruing this and there has been a lot of bad information" said Ashland Police Chief Tighe O'Meara. He says some people are posting that this ordinance would allow police to ask anyone for an I.D. without a reason. "That is completely inaccurate information" said Chief O'Meara.
Newswatch 12 spoke with the Chief to learn exactly what this new ordinance is that has the town confused. First we need to back track to a year ago. "Under the old law, the way that it stood about a year ago, if I go down to the plaza or I go anywhere and you are drinking your 40 ouncer and I say hey you can't do that and I am going to give you a ticket for it. Identify yourself. It use to be that the person was required to do it."
The way the ruling is now a person does not have to give a police officer his/her ID.
Now the police station wants to change that ruling by imposing this ordinance that would allow Ashland Police Officers to ask for someone's I.D. if a law is broken. "That's all this is" said Chief O'Meara.
Also you don't even need to have an I.D. The police officer will just ask for your name and birth date.
This ordinance will be discussed at Ashland City Council on May 21st.