Its kind of a catch 22 with cops, on one hand it takes a certain kind of person thats willing to put themselves in harms way to protect complete strangers and be able to have enough aggression and be able to turn it on in the most dire times.
On the other hand cops need to realize they are there to enforce laws in place, not create or interpret them in their own way. I have found that people with the characteristics above that are valued by police tend to also be a bit on the aggressive side and prone to take action, not just sit back and let things happen.
This cop did the worse thing a cop can do, no matter what the circumstance, the public can no longer trust him with thier safety. At that point a person should be removed from thier duty.
Just an fyi, this guy used to post on maxima.org and has shown very juvenile and anti-social behavior. He HATES the police, and yes the whole purpose of his handycam is to bait these cops into saying something they'll regret.
Don't get me wrong, I hope the officer gets demoted and maybe even fired for acting so unprofessional, but don't think this is some average kid who just happens to get into legal trouble on several occasions.
Hmm. If he's been in repeated trouble, then I could more easily understand the police officer's opinion. Running his plates would turn up previous offenses, and if he has quite a few, it would be much more understandable for the cop to be very suspicious/concerned.
It looked to me like the young man who recorded the incident had watched this video from the ACLU and was trying to exercise his constitutional rights.
I'm not sure if this video was discussed here or not in the past but I remember commenting on it somewhere that following the advice in the video would likely get you beaten up, tazed or arrested. The cop did threaten to make up a bunch of bogus charges and arrest the kid for having a 'smart mouth' when the kid asked if he'd broken any laws.
This sort of thing really worries me. If I'm driving and a cop pulls me over for no reason, do I let him search my car and risk him planting something in my car or do I refuse, in accordance with my constitutional rights, and risk the anger of the cop?
I only know one cop personally, I'd hate to be pulled over by him because he seems like a power-crazed, Neanderthal who would not be above makeing a bunch of crap up just to throw somebody in prison if he didn't like the look or sound of them.