Not all cops are bad cops. Many are good cops. Unfortunately the corrupt make sure that only other corrupt get promoted and that those who do not play the game are forced out or have trouble advancing.
What has been your experience with deputies of elected sheriffs?
I am under the assumption that if I'm ever bullied by a city or state police officer (as in the cop rear-ends motorcyclist situation) then calling a deputy out would be the best corrective action on my part.
County Sheriffs don't treat motorists with the same common contempt that city police chiefs do, because a County Sheriff's job security is directly and solely dependant on public perception. There isn't a damn thing that a general population can do to oust a police chief; they can only elect a new mayor and hope that the new mayor fires the "most experienced police officer in the city".
Come to think of it, I never see Deputies in freeway medians or hidden behind a tree on the curve of a back road, but I'll probably see 3 or 4 "Highway Patrol" (State Police) or "Freeway Patrol" (Traffic enforcement division of Columbus City Police) on the side of the road with motorists pulled over on my 20 minute drive home this afternoon. If I've ever seen a sheriff enforcing traffic around here, it was probably in a school zone.
... the money was actually part of an approximately one-million dollar advance on an inheritance he had received. Mr. Syvertsen attempted several times to explain to the officers where the money had come from and to show them a letter confirming that fact, but they would have none of it and proceeded to invade his home and his privacy. Eventually the police realized their error and left his home.