Sebastian linked this video
First I would say the officer in this case is the antithesis of the officer in this case. I won’t repeat what Sebastian says. Certainly this shows how foolish “Duty to Inform” laws work. Like most firearms laws, they’re written by people who don’t think of how things happen in reality. I’ve heard many people who will inform simply by handing both their driver’s license AND their carry permit to the officer when paperwork is requested. Same can be done verbally during this initial interview. Of course in this case the officer pays little mind to the driver until he loses interest in the alleged Prostitute and pimp.
I will also say in reference to both videos, officers should take context into mind over potential. Every stop has the potential of violence. In this stop everybody appears to be cooperating and following orders. I can’t see the driver, but I suspect he had his hands on the wheel and in plain sight the whole time. He was cooperating. Also even when the officer begins spitting, swearing, and threatening the man (as Sebastian notes, all should be sufficient enough to terminate this officer’s employment), the man is polite, and compliant.
A man with a holstered gun minding his own business shouldn’t be considered more of a threat over a swaggering, visibly unarmed man making threats and throwing his weight around. Certainly in this stop the only REAL crime I see being committed are criminal threats made by the officer.
One last point, when the officer exited the car and I saw the toned muscles, the close-cropped hair, and the confident swagger, I saw somebody who would be more at home in the show Jersey Shore, or doing coke off a coffee table in a frat house, than an officer. I saw a bully hiding behind a badge, not an officer working to uphold the law and keep the peace.
Now when I thought that I stopped myself and chastised myself for being so prejudiced. EXCEPT I WAS RIGHT!
The good officers need to speak out against pigs like this who do NOTHING but make their jobs harder.
Also thank goodness for digital recordings that bring such horrible acts to light, as well as keeping good officers in good standing.
**UPDATE** More from Lawdog who knows a thing-or-two about such things.
**UPDATE II** The cop’s name is Daniel Harless and is currently under investigation and on leave. We need to keep an eye on this guy for our own protection.