Here’s an interesting little video of a police officer stopping someone for speeding, asking for permission to search his vehicle for drugs, and being refused that permission unless he produces a warrant to search. The cop goes ballistic. I mean bal-lis-TIC!
The cop’s rage is kinda comical.
Nevertheless, the cop does let the guy go without a speeding ticket or a search of his vehicle.
Two possible answers:
1) The cop may not like the law in the least, but he still respects it. I.e., no matter how much the cop wanted to search the car, he knew the driver was right and a search could not lawfully proceed without the driver’s permission or, failing that, a warrant signed by a judge. The driver refused permission. No judge was available. The cop could not lawfully search.
2) The cop knew that the entire stop was being recorded on his dash-cam. Therefore, as much as the cop might like to beat the crap out of the driver who dared to ask for a warrant, he couldn’t proceed violently and/or illegally so long as “big brother” (the gov-co) was watching “little brother” (the cop) on video.
I’ll bet the answer is #2. As pissed as that cop was, the driver of the vehicle escaped an ass-whoopin’ thanks to the dash-cam on the cop’s cruiser.
A lot of Americans are concerned about the growing number of surveillance cameras that populate our cities. Big bro appears determined to watch us whenever we’re in public. Many Americans don’t like being watched.
But most Americans only see (or are seen by) video cameras for relatively brief moments when they’re out in public. But traffic cops are subject to video surveillance for most of their work shift, every work day. They can’t fart, they can’t sing goofy songs, they can’t talk to themselves without being recorded. I’ll bet a bunch of those cops absolutely hate being under the constant surveillance of their dash-cams.
I’ll also bet that one of these days, another driver will tell the cop that he needs a warrant to search his car and the cop will again go ballistic. But he won’t attack the driver. He’ll return to his cruiser and shoot the crap out of his dash-cam.
Listen for the cop to say “That’s fine . . . that’s just fine”–that’s when the fun begins.