Supreme Court found random drug checkpoints unconstitutional in 2000. Since then, police have gotten into the habit of putting signs up warning drivers of upcoming drug checkpoints, and then detaining and searching drivers who make illegal u-turns.
After blogger Jeff Pataky wrote about the incompetence of the Phoenix police department, the Phoenix PD raided his home, seized his laptop, backups and cable modem, handcuffed and detained his female roommate for over three hours, and took his sons out of elementary school.
A Baltimore woman locked a police officer in her basement when he tried searching her home without a warrant. She sued and won a settlement.
A New Orleans police officer committed an armed robber murdering a uniformed policeman and two employees in the process. One employee hid in the freezer and was spared, the officer returned to “investigate” the crime and was identified by the survivor as the shooter.
There are NYC taxis that are actually undercover cop cars.
Japanese police fire paint-balls at fleeing vehicles so that other police vehicles can see them and to identify them at a later date if they get away. The paint is Bright orange and difficult to remove.
A 16-year veteran Police Officer filed suit against his department alleging he was twice passed up for promotion and denied chances for overtime because he refused to profile young drivers for traffic tickets
After a Florida Highway Patrol Officer ticketed a Miami cop for driving in excess of 120MPH on his way to an off-duty job, she was relentlessly harassed by other officers, including finding out that her driver’s license info had been accessed by 88 officers from 25 agencies over three months.
In 2005 an innocent man was pinned to the ground by British police and shot 7 times in the head point blank thinking he was a suicide bomber and later tried to cover it up.
It took 11 hours for Seattle police to subdue a man who was standing in an open parking lot and armed with just a samurai sword.
They asked him again to please put down the sword and surrender; he again refused. They offered him $50 for his sword; he ignored their bribe. They tempted him with a Big Mac; he held fast. They spoke fondly of his dead brother in hopes of changing his mind; he was unmoved. They tried reverse psychology on him, telling him Satan was preventing him from surrendering; he wasn’t fooled by their lies. They shined bright lights at him; he wore shades. Growing desperate, nonlethal projectiles and pepper spray were tried; he repelled them through sheer willpower. It seemed nothing would stop lone Apollo from standing his ground on the sidewalk athwart the combined forces of the City.