@Moff Yikes. I'm sorry my commenter number is so high. I've never commented on a blog post before, mostly because I assumed it would only lead to me getting into a long meaningless back-and-forth with someone more interested in being condescending than having a discussion. For the record I did understand what you were saying in your posts, and although I have a slightly different opinion, I think we're mostly in agreement here. I bet if we had this conversation in real life, it would've been much more pleasant.
@Moff Agreed wholeheartedly about the general attitude of law enforcement. Don't pretend that this is an example of pushback, though. 1000+ words on what you wanted to say at the time changes nothing.
I also agree that a 3 year old peeing in some bushes absolutely does not warrant a cop-stop. But I bet there are some things I think do warrant a cop-stop that you might not and vice versa. Which is why laws exist. Do you understand that?
@Moff Sorry, no. Don't compare this nonsense to very real violations of constitutional rights. Gross.
@Moff I think rather than coming down on the side of RULES, people are commenting more on the passionate reaction of someone who was breaking a minor rule and suffered no consequences other than a man whose job it is to enforce rules saying "you're breaking a rule."
The interaction was probably unnecessary and definitely annoying, but as long as the officer wasn't belligerent or unprofessional, maybe look at it as a minor inconvenience endured when you're technically in the wrong.
A cop asking if you know what you're doing is illegal and then giving you information about a legal alternative isn't exactly a nightmarish police state.