I don't understand why it's a problem over there.
Many of the US cops are veterans with PTSD. They blew away people in Fallujah and have barely more compunction about doing it in Tulsa.
It's "us" (cops) vs. "them" (citizens) and they're trained to think that way explicitly, and there's even a whole movement about it ("The Thin Blue Line").
The local governments appreciate their ability to prey on the citizenry and milk them for revenue, so there's little political pressure to change things. They steal money from innocent people and the States' Attorneys General support them in buying pinball machines, race cars, and the occasional hookers with the stolen money.
People are turning to alternatives like Cell411 and not calling the cops unless they "need" government paperwork. The problem in this particular case is that the victim never called the cops, so it's not a foolproof plan.