Actually, an officer certainly has a right to ask of the accused party "is there anything wrong"? Very legitimate question IF he believes that there is something wrong.
He can tell her to put out the cigarette depending on the circumstances.
I understand that. But, I am guessing that you and I did not hear or see everything that the officer saw and heard. Not a bad assumption given that we are seeing a taped scene from a distance.
He may have arrested her for something unrelated. As I said it is difficult for us to see and hear what the officer is seeing and hearing. It's only a tape from a distance.
If a Police Officer asks you to step out of the car there is a reason. I will say it again, he may have seen or heard something that you and I are not privy to at the distance this was filmed.
Yes, she displayed quite an attitude. So, its not an unreasonable assumption to believe that she had that same attitude while in the car and said, or did/said something which caused the officer to ask her to exit said car. For example, if an officer pulls someone over and is talking to them through an open window and the defendant says to the officer "I am going to kill you" or, "I have a gun under the seat." or, "fuck you pig" all of those things are offenses in which the officer will most likely ask the person to step out of the car. It can range from simple harassment to disorderly conduct to actually threatening the life of a Police Officer. We simply do not know what she said, or did, or what he saw at this time.
First of all as I said above, we don't know what the offense was. If it was something verbal then there is no physical evidence. Also, they don't have to release any details. And departments (especially lately) will wait not wanting to give anymore ammunition to their accusers. In other words, they will only release what they have to release to the public. On the other hand, they may with hold information from the press and simply give the rest of the information to the accusers through a subpoena.
One of the problems when viewing such a tape is that people tend to jump to conclusions. They assume things that may or may not be true. In addition to that even if the observer, such as yourself, is well meaning they do not understand the law, the officers authority and other finite details that would change the outcome.
One good example, is an old case from the 90's. You may have heard of it, the Rodney King beating. The tape showed officers beating a seemingly defenseless Rodney King while he lay helpless on the ground. Well that certainly looks bad for the cops right? But what the (liberal) media did not show us was the start of the tape when minutes before a 6'4" 260 pound Rodney King was wrecking the two cops (or were there more?) that were trying to apprehend him. He was in fact resisting arrest and moreover assaulting the officers at the scene. In short he was winning in a big way! It took several officers to restrain him. They knocked him down but he got back up a few times to fight even harder. If I remember correctly he was pretty drugged up which further added to his powers to resist, along with his size.
So, video's are a double edged sword when it comes to ultimately determining who is in the right. They can certainly give a sense of what happened as in a chronological order of events, but after that sometimes not a lot of help. In the case above it would have been more helpful to have a video and audio in the defendants car. That is obviously not an option. But, without that we are only able to hear bits and pieces of what she said and not see anything that was in the car.
As you stated when she exited the car she was quite a handful of profanity and resisting. That much we know. Now was she a polite citizen and totally compliant while she was in the car, I doubt it but sure it's possible.
As I said as far as the hanging goes it has been my experience that all a cop wants to do after his shift is go home to his family. Why any police officer would hide out and wait unseen for the perfect opportunity to hang a defendant and commit murder makes no sense. If caught he would not only lose his pension (cops like their pensions) but serve perhaps a lifetime in jail (cops never want to go to jail for obvious reasons). And he did this simply because the person he arrested gave them some lip is ridiculous. Virtually every person arrested gives the officer lip. Last time I checked not one of them were hanged by the officer.
This woman was walking around or in this case driving around not completely in her right mind. It's certainly tragic but in no way was the officer or department behind her hanging in my opinion. There is simply not enough motive.