Absolutely Adequate wrote:There are few people I know that like police officers. And I think that these mommying laws are a big reason as to why.
If the police just protected and served, I think they'd get a lot more community support. But when they're protecting us from ourselves (seatbelts, motorcycle helmets, pot, sexual activity, etc) people begin to feel like criminals.
These laws need to go.
Agreed with everything you say here, except the thing about not liking cops. There are few people I know who don't
like cops. Perhaps this is more of a regional thing - I know the police behave differently in different parts of the country. I think here in Nebraska we're lucky enough to have pretty decent police forces in our towns, and for the most part those bullying cops don't exist here.
I don't fault the rank-and-file officers for these stupid traffic stops, either. They're being made to do these things by their superiors. Sure, some of them are smarmy and smug about it, but those are individuals and not indicative of the force as a whole.
At least that's been my experience.