March 3, 2014
A viral video showing Columbus, Ohio, police accosting a man for smoking tobacco from a water pipe illustrates the knee-jerk reaction and guilty til proven innocent mentality of today’s cops.
Rather than approach the non-violent man in a civil, orderly manner, several police officers initiate their interactions by grabbing at the man and detaining him until he reveals what he is doing is perfectly innocent and legal.
Last year, Austin, Texas, police entrapped witless citizens by offering them cigarettes. If taken up on the offer, officers would turn around and ticket them for “aggressive solicitation.”