If you watch enough of these First Amendment Auditors, you start to see a pattern develop. They stay on the sidewalks, while government officials tell them that the sidewalks aren’t for setting up a surveillance point. I think both sides have a point. We all have a right to travel on the roadways and sidewalks, but they aren’t exactly meant to camp out on.
Standing on a sidewalk is no problem, but your surveillance could be interpreted as suspicious by people in the area. The police who approach these “auditors” keep making a repeated claim that the suspicious activity could be information gathering used for a future assault. Finding out the persons background becomes paramount.
Many of the seasoned “auditors” seem to relish in telling the cops that they are well-known by important people, or on YouTube. So it sounds like an attention-getting high they seek.