Under California or Federal law, do I legally have to give a police officer my name and identification, if I am just watching an arrest take place?
Last week, my friends and I saw a neighbor down the street get arrested and there were all these police squad cars there. So, a few of us neighbors went to the house to watch and an officer started asking us questions about who we were and what we knew about them and what was going on.
The police officers asked for our names and identification. I didn't know the law so I gave them a fake name, because I think there may be a warrant for me. Fortunately I did not have my wallet at the time. One neighbor did have a warrant out for her arrest and they arrested her on the spot.
Did we have a legal responsibility to give them our names or ID?