I know Im going to find myself in a street-fight because of this, but whatever.
Please everyone take notice of the cop's attitude prior to the copwatch instigator(and that is what he is) starting to play games for no reason. I have done exactly what this officer did 5000 times. Before you guys start screaming, I'll explain.
If an officer checks an occupied vehicle late at night and he knows that a.)it is an area that is typically deserted at night and b.)there has been a high rate of criminal activities there(the cop cites a rash of car burglaries), then he is perfectly within his rights to do so. In fact, he is doing his job diligently.
I have seen this hold up at suppression hearings time and again. This guy intentionally began to push buttons after placing himself in this situation. Your mother always told you that if you look for trouble, you will find it. Unfortunately, the wisdom of the ages is lost on most people...
Now, threatening to make up charges is out of line. I dont know if he was serious about that or he was trying to get his point across. I have never had to do that. There are much more intelligent and straight forward ways to get your point across.
A big part of the problem I see is poor hiring and selection of officers. Without getting too mystical, there is no real attempt to hire people who wish to master themselves. If you know anything about confrontations, whether they be with words or Abrams tanks, you must master yourself first in order to master the opponent.
The cops I see that fly off the handle the quickest and lose control of a situation are the one's who are completely out of control of themselves. They're not in shape, they can't fight, they can't shoot and honestly, they are not all that bright, intuitive or self-disciplined. They try to mask their fear of a situation with threats, shouting and so forth.
I despise these types. Society is essentially buying a product(protection) when they hire a cop, and those types are an absolute rip-off. Im not trying to talk for this Sgt. because I dont know him. Cops are subject to the same stresses as the rest of you guys plus a hundred more most of you will never understand.
Maybe it was just his day, although that doesn't excuse the threats of fabricated charges. That just brings down my whole profession which is ultimately supposed to be based on honor.
While you guys are looking at one instance of bad behavior, 2 million instances of proper police behavior took place around the country that night that no one will ever know about.
As far as the subject of an over-reaching police state, Im kind of with many of you guys, believe it or not. I dont believe we are here to close budget gaps for townships and Im pretty libertarian on many of the situations(like prostitution) that governments feel they need to completely outlaw.
I wont even get started on the local shit like government's telling you how to use your property and then expecting the police to enforce their will. It is all these things, once combined, that cause most of the resentment of the police.
However, if any of you guys really believe our society can exist as peacefully(generally speaking, of course) as it does, then ask yourself...who is going to investigate a burglary to my home? If your wife was trapped in a bank during a robbery, would you want a posse of plumbers, doctors and shopkeepers stacking up to go inside or handling the negotiations?
I've heard a number of people shouting "I'll never need the police" and in at least two instances I can think of, they were dialing 9-1-1 at a later date.
Historically, societies have always held a measure of disdain for their protectors, with a couple of exceptions. Im not sure why this is, but in sum, while I agree with a lot of what is said here in regards to excessive government in our lives, there is definitely a need for us to exist.