Reading these comments reminds me why I rarely participate in this blog, every post about obvious over reach by police officers always has so many people blindly supporting the cops. I'm black & just think its awful that there seems to be some consensus that the cops creating a hostile incident over a freaking parking ticket is OK. They literally surrounded this man with like 10 cops & intimidated him gang style. This was gang level types of intimidation simple & plain. As a military veteran, I dont think I could ever trust the "authorities" in this country, they've proven to be dishonest far too many times, but even more troubling is the people cheering on the cops as they terrorize black citizens over petty minor infractions while we watch white mass murderers get taken in without a scratch on them, shoot, white mass murderers can even get the cops to buy them Burger King for free if they say their hungry
I agree with most everything you wrote here, except I don't think there's a consensus that the police officer's actions were OK. I think most people agree that he went too far, and the minority dissenting opinion is often louder in these emotionally charged situations.
I myself don't have strong connections to the police (family, friends). If, however, I did and I heard anti-police rhetoric, I would likely become entrenched in my support of the police. People respond defensively to criticism- it's almost a fact at this point.
I think most people can see that armed police officers shouldn't be aggressively engaging with civilians when it comes to trivial matters. If Brown's out there spraying fire with a machine gun, I'm fine with the aggressive approach. To me, the police officer lost control of the situation, and didn't back down. It's not like he can't take photos of the guy and the plates. If the officer still feels disrespected and wants to act on his emotions, he can always show up to court and make sure that they bust Brown's cookies with some legal mumbo jumbo.
And yes, I think Brown could have handled himself a whole lot better.