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[–] kirkis 3 points 22 points (+25|-3) ago 

It's not a crime to be rude to a cop or smoke in your own car. This cop made it a crime. I think the police department and union should be liable for damages caused due to this kind of escalation until they begin proper screening and training. They need to be trained to be twice as diplomatic as they are firm.

We have the world's biggest prison population. Most of them are in there for victimless crimes. We can't call this a free country when disrespecting authority figures gets you thrown in a cage.

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[–] PlayByPlayAnnouncer 3 points 1 points (+4|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Never said it was; that's not at issue.

I am really just addressing the nature of the police, and their current role in society.

The way things are now, you need to comply with the police completely, and then fight it in court. There is no reason -- at all, ever -- to be anything close to confrontational with the police, or to neglect to comply.

I have been arrested once. I didn't follow that advice. Since then, I have had nothing but stellar interactions with the police. They are the fuck with you squad, and people need to realize the problem is not with the police, but with the ridiculous laws they are enforcing.

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[–] kirkis 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

The way things are now, you need to comply with the police completely, and then fight it in court. There is no reason -- at all, ever -- to be anything close to confrontational with the police, or to neglect to comply.

No, you can't fight them in court unless you can afford a very savvy lawyer. I know it's unwise to piss off a cop. But they are hired to keep the peace, not to start fights.

I have been arrested once. I didn't follow that advice. Since then, I have had nothing but stellar interactions with the police. They are the fuck with you squad, and people need to realize the problem is not with the police, but with the ridiculous laws they are enforcing.

They've become a culture of school yard bullies. They find somebody they don't like the looks of, harass them, beat the shit out of them, drag them to a dungeon, strip them naked, finger their butt hole and expect to be feared and respected.