The Dangers of Police Discretion
The dangers of police discretion are vividly illustrated in this video, where a cop pulls over a person and threatens to concoct charges against him. Most police are honest, but the bad apples can really do a lot of harm because they wield tremendous power and are often unmonitored.
Part II of the video is here, although most of the encounter is contained in Part I above.
Here’s a CNN video of an interview with the person pulled over, and it includes snippets of the video plus subtitles.
The police exercise a significant amount of discretion, from vehicle stops to stop-and-frisks to the interrogation of suspects. This video demonstrates that taping police encounters with citizens can be quite beneficial. I believe more such encounters should be recorded. For example, police interrogation should be recorded, as this will serve as a helpful means for assessing whether or not questioning was too coercive.