Originally Posted by Kangaroo
In the same instances they are human, just like when people on this board have bad days. It still comes back to peoples lack of manners. Exercise them not because you have to but because you should want to apply them in life.
When I have a bad day, I write something dumb on the internet. When a cop has a bad day, someone can get shot, or thrown in jail summarily. (Set up line deployed!)
In the pragmatic and practical sense, you should always be polite, calm, and collected in any dealings with the police. Police are in a position of power and can cause you way more trouble than you can cause them.
Had an incident one night where a rude jerk of an undercover cop swore that he had seen me broke into a car. My car, that I had just opened with my keys. The beat cops who cuffed me were polite, professional, and handled themselves very well. Both sides of the coin in one situation.
Also had a scary experiance where I have had to deal with a Barney Fife type, who was just itching to pull his gun.
".... I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." - Dwight D Eisenhower