I do exactly the same thing... hands on the wheel at 10 and 2, fingers and thumbs fully visible. Except, I retrieve my license, registration, and insurance card the second I come to a stop and before the cop approaches my car. I put them on the dashboard in front of me in plain sight so I can pick them up and hand them over. This procedure is pretty effortless, and in this day and age when cops are getting blown away as they approach a thug’s car window, that’s just the way reasonable people handle things.
I swear, half the cop-hating morons who show up on these threads are more likely to sneer at the cop and smart-ass him about their rights than they are to just shut up and cooperate for a few minutes. I am positive I’ve been let off with warnings because I simply cooperated and conducted myself politely.
Sure, there are some bad cops, just like there some bad Boy Scouts, bad Marines, bad priests, bad teachers, and bad everything else. I can’t figure out why some people have to lump all cops into the vile pig category. Like one poster said earlier, you never see an FR thread about a cop getting shot.
Want to know why I lump all cops together?
Because the good cops won’t finger the bad ones. They know who is bad, they know who is corrupt.
But the whole “thin blue line” BS keeps them from cleaning out the corruption from within their ranks.
And it not only keeps the bad cops on the force, it also costs the taxpayers huge monetary awards in court or out of court, when the PD realizes that they have a problem. They dip into the bottomless well of taxpayer money to cover the situation over with a payout.
Cops seem to think that they have such a terribly dangerous job. They don’t. It isn’t even in the 10 most deadly job descriptions measured by deaths per 100K population. Sanitation workers die at a higher rate than cops do. You don’t see garbage collectors holding bagpipe parades when they get killed, do you? Nor farmers or ranchers.
Quite frankly, when I look at many state and town budgets, I blow my top at the amount of money being thrown at cops and firefighters. It’s far, far more than they deserve, and it’s beyond what the city/town/county/states can afford. Some states are worse than others in this regard, but big city cops are among the most over-compensated when one looks at their benefits package of all public employees.
If cops don’t like being hated by the public, they can either improve their attitude and performance, or they can get a different job.
It's unseemly on the part of unionized public employees to carry on as such, IMO.