We will always be "judged by what can be learned well after the incident is over" and cops are subject to the exact same scrutiny. What is not exactly the same is the 72 hour rule that is common for cops and not us, cop union protections (lawyer and PR), blue wall of silence, QI for cops and prosecutors, absolute immunity for judges. Terry v. Ohio that enables a cop to violate rights even unintentionally.Only a myopic idiot (or someone who hates others more than he loves his own self interest) ...
More prosecution of cops will not work, but increased procedural pressure and legislative burdens on cops should go far in reducing the shoot first mindset that some cop shops have yet to eliminate.
I have one just about every week, different days of course, while getting my morning coffee at my preferred c-store. The same cop asks to see my permit to OC (see RSMo 21.750.3). I comply and go on about my business. The next contact could be that contact, so, do I not worry about it until that bad contact happens or, like cops should be doing, expect the worst for every contact.... How many personal, official interactions have you had with the police in your life? In how many did the officer give you a reasonable man fear that your life or limb were in danger?
Is he violating the law? Nope. Is he violating my rights? Depends on your view of the law as it is written today. Is it wrong? I guess it depends on your perspective of what is reasonable.I simply don't see the evidence ...
I have filed complaints and have yet to hear a response. In one instance, last December, I was at the cop shop to complain and held the door for the chief to enter, and when asked to see him about a complaint two minutes later, I was told he was not in that day.
There is always that one cop somewhere. I don't have any issues with any other cop in my local cop shop. He remains on the job and continues to request my permit when he sees me.
I guess I could pack up the family and move elsewhere, this is a free country after all.