The thing is, in this situation telling the guy to go to his knees was in fact appropriate. It's a safety measure that, from the perspective of a cop, makes sense. We're not going to nervously read his paperwork with one eye looking at him in case he decides to play quickdraw.
Yes, there are corrupt cops, who need to be fired. There are cops who are assholes, who need to be disciplined, but the safety practices involved are not
I went to bed earlier, but really? Being forced to kneel because you have a loaded firearm is somehow rape?
Savage: What you are saying is somewhat in line with what would happen. But the individual would be in a position to where he couldn't hurt the cop, and the cop is supposed to say "Do you have your papers on you?" he says "Yes, they are in my right back pocket." "Now I'm going to reach in there and get your papers, is that ok?" "Yes" -reaches in, reads them, clears him as legal, and proceeds to cuff him, give the papers back, and apologize/thank him for the cooperation-
The reason lots of cops are dicks is because we get really tired of people arguing with us and lying to us for 12 hours a day. We aren't in the mood to play 20 questions with every person we have to talk to, it gets pretty damn old pretty damn fast.
edited 18th May '11 6:05:22 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.