I just want them to stop the hypocrisy. Perhaps that view seems a bit extreme, but think about it this way.
A common police tactic is to detain citizens committing minor offenses, such as jaywalking, or driving with a burned out tail light. They use these stops as opportunities to fish for evidence of more serious offenses and check for warrants, getting bad guys off the street.
As a pedestrian, I'm expected to know the laws and regulations for using a cross walk. JUST the state law for using crosswalks is this long:
NRS 484B.283 Right-of-way in crosswalk; impeding ability of driver to yield prohibited; overtaking vehicle at crosswalk; obedience to signals and other devices for control of traffic. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 484B.287, 484B.290 and 484B.350:So I don't necessarily expect cops to be versed on 100% of the 500+ page policy and procedure manual, but why are citizens accosted with lines such as "ignorance of the law is no excuse", just look how long the CROSS WALK law is! Why don't citizens use the same tactic?
1. When official traffic-control devices are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the highway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway as to be in danger.
2. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
3. Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle until the driver has determined that the vehicle being overtaken was not stopped for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross the highway.
4. Whenever signals exhibiting the words “Walk” or “Don’t Walk” are in place, such signals indicate as follows:
(a) While the “Walk” indication is illuminated, pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the highway in the direction of the signal and must be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles.
(b) While the “Don’t Walk” indication is illuminated, either steady or flashing, a pedestrian shall not start to cross the highway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed the crossing during the “Walk” indication shall proceed to a sidewalk, or to a safety zone if one is provided.
(c) Whenever the word “Wait” still appears in a signal, the indication has the same meaning as assigned in this section to the “Don’t Walk” indication.
(d) Whenever a signal system provides a signal phase for the stopping of all vehicular traffic and the exclusive movement of pedestrians, and “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” indications control pedestrian movement, pedestrians may cross in any direction between corners of the intersection offering the shortest route within the boundaries of the intersection when the “Walk” indication is exhibited, and when signals and other official traffic-control devices direct pedestrian movement in the manner provided in this section and in NRS 484B.307.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1492; A 1981, 669, 1918; 2003, 364)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.325)
NRS 484B.287 When pedestrian must yield right-of-way to vehicle; when crossing at crosswalk is required; crossing diagonally. Except as provided in NRS 484B.290:
1. Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
2. Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
3. Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
4. A pedestrian shall not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.
5. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1493; A 1981, 670, 1919)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.327)
NRS 484B.293 Direction of movement on crosswalk. Pedestrians shall move whenever practicable upon the right half of crosswalks.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1493)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.329)
If you violate NRS 484B.293 and cross on the LEFT half of the cross walk, you could be cited for a violation of this law. If you're a bad guy, perhaps the stop to cite you will reveal an outstanding warrant and they'll get you off the street. If you're a good guy, the citation is minimal, you'll learn from it, and no harm, no foul.
In the same way, every time a cop is observed violating the rules, citizens should make an effort to formally file a complaint with the officer's superiors. If he's a good cop, the complaint will be trivial, and won't go very far. If he's a bad cop, it's just one more complaint on his jacket that can be used as evidence of his poor performance.
Consider that during the course of the Citizen Review Board investigation into my stop, testimony by the Sgt who stopped me revealed he did not understand the rules regarding Terry stops. This Sgt does not understand when he may or may not detain a person who is not under arrest. Not just one who is open carrying, but in general. He may not be a bad cop, he may just need some retraining. But if after the retraining he continues to show he is not a good cop by getting similar complaints, my complaint will just be one of the formal steps necessary to prove as much.