My brother was a cop for 30 years. These cops and others rarely receive serious training in how to descalate a tense situation. Their handling of this was an example of failed police work.
Why arrest when he is leaving and they have his license number? Mail him a fine later.
Mail him a ticket? What if the subject is wanted and is not providing identification to hide his true identity? What if the said subject is wanted for a capital felony? What if one your loved ones, say wife or child, was the victim of that crime and the officer simply let the individual go? How would you feel then? What you're suggesting is not practical or logical.
What was the impetus to suspect that this man is wanted for a capital felony or other related major crime? Why do you go to the extreme example?
"What if the police officer was in the KKK and had multiple incidents of planting evidence on black people?"
Both sides can use hyperbole. The problem is that it gets us nowhere closer to a solution where police are less trigger happy and young men are more inclined to cooperate with police.
You are missing the point. You can't receive zero cooperation and wash your hands by simply mailing a citation. You have a responsibility to conduct at least some level of investigation, even if it is at the most basic of levels, such as the identification of an individual.
You have literally no idea what you are talking about. The police cannot just stop and search someone because they want to. You need reasonable suspicion that the person stop is involved in criminal activity. Your assertion that they have to investigate someone because that person violated a parking ordinance is asinine. Please see Terry stop:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_stop
A parking violation, which is not a criminal citation like a traffic violation, does not qualify. Even in a traffic stop, the level of allowed investigation rises only to the observed crime, namely a traffic violation. Unless the officer has reasonable suspicion of another crime (they smell alcohol on the driver's breath or see drug paraphernalia on the passenger seat, etc.) they are not allowed to investigate further than asking for license and registration.
We all have certain civil rights, which the police cannot, according to the law, just trample on. You have a protection against illegal search and seizure. It's in the dang Constitution.
All the Badgelickers need to stop asserting the police have unlimited rights to do whatever they want. You don't have to submit to them in every circumstance like they're the Gestapo. We live in a civil society and there are rules, for everyone.