And the police wonder why they're no longer treated with respect, while being people who regularly abuse their power and ignore the law.
No longer? Police have never been the embodiment of the Officer Friendly persona, on the whole. There are bright spots here and there to be sure, particularly in laid back suburban communities with high pay and low crime, but police have a history of abuse and extortion. See *any* third world country for an example of what our own police used to be. Police behavior has actually improved quite a lot since, say, the early 1900s, but, sadly, it was never better than it is now. The golden age of Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith is nothing but a fantasy.