19-year-old Brett Darrow has a history of run-ins with the police. He was once assaulted by a drunk off-duty police officer, arrested, cleared and subsequently paid a settlement by St. Louis County. Darrow keeps a police scanner and video camera with a relay to a secure source in his car. He has captured some interesting encounters with police on his mobile system.
In the first video below, Darrow is stopped at a Saint George, MO police drunk-driving road block. He lawfully asserts his Fourth Amendment right not to discuss his personal travel business with a police officer. His car is searched illegally and he is detained until he informs the police that he has videotaped the stop. There are long audio blanks in this video (a time marked transcript is here). Darrow is cool under pressure and does nothing other than assert his legal right to refuse to disclose to the state his personal plans for the evening. Nonetheless, I suspect that some right wing Daddy staters who deplore the left wing nanny state will blame Darrow for the illegal search conducted by police officers in this video. But all Darrow did was refuse to provide the police with information to which the state has absolutely no right.
In the next video below (the audio on this one is much better -- transcript here), Darrow pulls into a commuter parking lot which is empty except for a Saint George, MO police car. Saint George P.D. Sgt. James Kuehnlein asserts that he is investigating Darrow as a suspicious person who might be planning to break into cars even though Darrow drove right by the police officer into an empty lot where he remained in view of the officer. Kuehnlein also accuses Darrow of driving erratically and failing to use his turn signal. The video plainly shows that Darrow used his turn signal.
It is clear that Darrow doesn't like being interrogated by police when he hasn't committed a crime. Kuehnlein repeatedly threatens to bring false charges against Darrow because of Darrow's attitude. Once again, Darrow is probably spared an arrest after revealing his secure source video system.
Many people on the political right complain loudly about hate crime laws that "criminalize bad thoughts" about minorities, even though they are conspicuously quiet (or apologists) when it comes to arrests on false charges stemming from presumed bad thoughts about government goons with badges. The underlying consistency behind such apparent hypocrisy is defensive identification with the aggressor -- the sine qua non of the authoritarian character. I hasten to add that authoritarian leftists are probably just as plentiful as right wing authoritarians. Human beings just aren't very good with power.