Something I saw on a news sight made me think of this.
Suppose I'm driving a vehicle that has a video/audio recording device attached to it and get pulled over by a cop when I stop in a parking lot (for whatever reason). After the cop gets my info and finds out I'm NOT up to no good he decides in his mind that I must be guilty of something so he starts harassing me. I still keep my cool and inform him that I know my rights and such and that I know that I am not breaking any laws. So he then decides to tell me that he will either arrest me and make up charges later or just beat my ass right here and now. After all, it's my word against his.
At that point I fear for my life, seeing as a man with a gun just threatened me harm. I have all of this audio recorded as evidence.
Can I legally do what I need to do to get back in my car and get as far away from this guy as possible? Meaning that if he trys to restrain me can I physically fight back so long as the officer touches me first? The way I see it at this point I can no longer recognize this persons authority, after threatening me the way he did I can't even see myself acknowledge that he is an officer of the law but rather a thug in a uniform.
So all you laywers out there, anyone want to take a shot and make a comment?
And even if I did manage to get in my car and drive off, what would be the best thing to do then? Obviously I couldn't trust in "calling the police".