Well there's no excuse for it. Ever. I certainly am not defending the act, so you and I are in complete agreement on the principle. But cops are paranoid motherfuckers for good reason. Undoubtedly there are some absolute tools wearing badges- the wrong combination of insecure and power-hungry can lead to some of the most tyrannical people imaginable- a glaring failure in the system. Having said that whenever a cop gets any call they can almost always count on some sort of threat to their life. They're usually underpaid and insufficiently trained. My thinking is some sort of next step in the body cam tech.