I agree. I've met good and bad tho I have to admit, I met more good when I lived in the south and more bad here in Illinois. Maybe it's because of the people they deal with--drunks, fighters, thieves, druggies... Mostly cops are all just ordinary people who often rise to extraordinary heights when faced with extreme situations.
Because of the uniform they are judged harshly.
The last experience I had, I thought I was going to DIE. I got pulled over, for no apparent reason, and it was getting dark as it does these days, early, around 4-5pm it's dark out.
Anyway I'm headed out of Union Gap (WA, near Yakima) and I see lights in my rear-view mirror. I thought, of course he wouldn't be pulling ME over, I didn't DO anything!
But he followed me over to the right lane, and I parked along the curb -he followed. I was dying a thousand deaths.
He came over and I had already gotten my license out, and he says "Can you get your reg. and insurance, or is it buried somewhere?" Very nice, too.
I managed to get it out, and handed it to him, and he says "I'm not pulling you over!" I'm thinking, the **** you say!
He then informed me my right headlight was out! And to just get it fixed, then sent me on my way.
I don't care how old you are, how many years you drove, anything, the moment a cop pulls you over, you are freaked out
Best part was, I was still some 50 miles from home and I had to go all that way worried I was going to get pulled over again
Oh, and it was Friday night so I'm sure they were looking for reasons to pull folks over just to see if they'd been drinking