On 18 Sep 2014
Just show the damn ID. This was made for Dan.,
The Fourth Amendment is irrelevant. The woman was handcuff and threatened with imprisonment for not giving her ID when she was not legally bound to do so. This is a violation of California Law. As the LA Times article says, the police cannot arrest or threaten a person with arrest for "merely for refusing to provide ID".
Some states require you to identify yourself to the police and some states do not. California is one of the states that does not. Therefore, the actions of the cop were indeed illegal.
Furthermore, it is transparently obvious that the cop was not asking for ID in order to investigate whether or not a crime had happened. As the video shows, the cop explicitly said,
"I do have more power than you," says Sgt. Jim Parker. "When I tell you to do something you have to do it, ma'am, that's the law."
Aside from the obvious fact that a cop telling you to do something does not make it the law -- a cop could tell you to suck his dick -- this statement does indicate beyond any reasonable doubt that the cop was only interested in exercising his authority, humiliating the woman, and getting her to submit to him. This is the quintessential example of an ego trip. The cop was using his power not to uphold the law but to enjoy having power over another human being.
If you don't think that should be illegal -- and by the way, it is -- then what kind of a world do you want to live in?
Police authority should never be used to dehumanize another person or to gratify a person's desire to get off by dominating another person against his or her will. It's basically the psychological equivalent of rape and what people mean when they say "rape isn't about sex; it's about power". This cop is no different than a rapist. Same mindset.
Rape is a particularly difficult crime because it's about both power and violence. Rapists use sex organs as the locus of their violence, but rape isn't about sex, at least not in the sense of being motivated by sexual attraction or an uncontrollable sexual urge. Rape is about sex in the sense that rapists not only commit acts of sexual violence, but that the pervasive threat of sexual assault is used to limit women's sovereignty and justify sexual assault itself.
Rapists don't rape because they can't "get" sex elsewhere. Rapists don't rape because they're uncontrollably turned on by the sight of some cleavage, or a midriff, or red lipstick, or an ankle. They rape because they're misogynist sadists, and they flourish in places where misogyny is justified as tradition and maleness comes with a presumption of violence.
Sounds like police culture. On 18 Sep 2014
Cliven Bundy is a Fucking Idiot,
If he was a gay organic cheese maker, he'd have an army of Liberal Hirsute Lesbian lawyers defending his case before the supreme court.
Do you have anything against gay organic cheese makers?
The people criticizing Cliven Bundy aren't doing so because he owns cows. They are criticizing him for
1. Breaking the law.
2. Having an armed standoff with cops after having broken the law.
3. Being a racist asshole.
Granted, #3 isn't illegal like the other two, but it's still worth criticizing.
Now if a gay organic cheese makers did any of those three things, liberals would criticize him as well.