From my archived blog at donaldjeffries.wordpress.com
Don, I think on this topic you and I are soul mates. I could fill a Greyhound Bus with all the cops that have harassed and intimidated me over the years, as I have posted before, for such diverse and sundry crimes as buying beer, driving faster than reasonably prudent, being in a drug trafficking area, having an unexpired inspection sticker, parking my motorcycle on the grass... I could go on, and on, and on.
It started to get really bad when not wearing a seat belt became a crime. I recall Bishop Sheen criticizing people that wore seat belts. "Are they expecting to crash?" He used to ask.
In the Land of the Free, we have more laws than Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy put together, squared, cubed, and cubed again.
We have so many laws that there are lawyers who specialize in lawyers.
I am sure you will get plenty of flak from these numbskull conservatives that support the police no matter the story. I have had so many arguments with these types of idiots. Just because they are given a badge does not mean the officer has any brains; they are just willing to do the job.
I'm interdependent and lean conservative. I could never be a Republican because of ideologies they stupidly stick to, such as unswerving police support. There are NOT just a few bad apples; there are a few GOOD cops. That is the truth to the matter. Look at the physiological makeup of a cop; studies have been done, and it is not what you want to see from the police.
I will give you some anecdotal evidence, too. My son was a range officer for a gun range where many cops were supposed to train; they are lazy and don't regularly train, to begin with. And when they do, they are pathetic weapon handlers. My son's conversations with them led him to believe he wants no part of any police force. They just weren't the brightest bulbs. You get what you pay for.