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
Thank you for your service.
Did it start with 10 cops?
Or was it 1 cop... guy runs to his car.
2 cops: Who are you?
3 cops: etc
The longer you non comply in a police stop, the more cops will come. The more cops that come, the more chance you will be hurt because not everyone has to patience to wait for you to "remember your name."
This is a simple matter of following instructions. No one likes to be detained by cops, but unfortunately we have laws and when laws are broken, they have a few questions to ask to make sure that you aren't breaking additional laws. Just answer the questions, keep yourself in a harmless position (hands in clear sight, no sudden movements), and you'll be fine. The moment you run, struggle, or do any kind of bizarre behavior, the cop is immediately going to expect the absolute worst from you and will fire his weapon if there is a hint of danger.
The reason why the white mass murderer (I'm assuming you're referring to school shooter based on the burger king thing) is taken in without a scratch is because he complied with the instructions. He didn't run, argue, or make any sudden movements. He got to the ground. He didn't want to die. It's not a matter of does the police action fit the crime. It's a matter of "are you a danger to the police officer?"
The only reason that this is a racial thing at all is because minorities simply do not trust cops (as you have also admitted). Whatever the historical reasons for that may be (I will probably agree with you about mistreatment in general), it has to stop -- both sides need to take a step to the middle.
I am also a minority, for the record. I am also afraid of police because they have guns and guns scare me. The difference is that I don't act like a complete ass-hat when I'm pulled over. I want to get home to my family. I leave my hands on the wheel, answer all of the questions, get my ticket or warning, and move on with my life.