What does it take to be arrested for "anti-social behavior" in the United Kingdom? The idea was that the country's anti-social-behavior statutes would allow police to crack down on yobs and hooligans. But the country's creeping police powers now habitually ensnare ordinary citizens who are guilty of nothing more than, say, pressing a button on a camera.
The video seen here is most revealing. My hat's off to the photographer in question who remains unfailingly calm and polite throughout being stopped three times in a row for the non-crime of taking a picture. The officers in question have nothing to arrest him for, no "reasonable and articulable suspicion" — so they ultimately descend into Kafkaesque nonsense. Even though they may not compel anyone to surrender personal information without what we (in the U.S.) call probable cause, the probable cause they manufacture on the spot is (drum roll please) "anti-social behavior," an allegation they trot out only because the photographer declines to surrender his personal information, as is his right.
Think it's substantially better in the U.S.? Alas. You might want to visit Carlos Miller's blog, Photography Is Not a Crime, for one depressing domestic example after another.