adding you to my creeper list. just... wow.
"Abuse" would be typically defined by the victim (Todd) and he clearly did not indicate any sense that his best interests were compromised. If anything, the best interests of the community were served when the police officer became more aware of the characteristics of the vehicles on the road.
Ever think of the concept of "mutual consent?"
And this cop taking his coffee break in a Tesla rather than a Dunkin' probably is in the public interest - not only is he fitter, he is more knowledgeable about a new type of vehicle (especially with Todd as his teacher)
...But I try to view it as whether this is something that the cop's supervisor would have found to be ok, or the chief, or the mayor, or the general public. If that is a story these people would find ok, then fine. If it is something that would not be consistent with their rules of conduct, then bad. And of course, even if bad, I suspect it is not the kind of thing that would end up in some major problem on this guy's file.
... but perhaps bad judgment by the cop.
In nearly all police and sheriff departments across the country, uniformed police are actively discouraged from driving or riding in privately-owned vehicles (POV). There are actually stern warnings if seen in a POV while in uniform, "with patches showing". There are multiple reasons for this, but the two most prominent are: 1. The public may see the officer/deputy in a POV and try to flag them down for assistance. 2. People with bad intentions may target the officer and the general feeling is that the POV is less equipped to handle such a situation. Not saying that the Model S is "less-equipped", but thus far, the factory installed ballistic panel option has yet to be announced!
A while back I was driving my Roadster along minding my own business (and not speeding), driving through a commercial district of a town. A cop pulled up behind me, tailed me for a while, then turned on his lights and pulled me over.
In Washington state, car registrations have expiration dates that might be in the middle of the month. You get license plate tabs that indicate the month of expiration. So, it's possible that your registration might have expired early in the month while the tabs still show valid, but there's no way to know just from looking at the license plate. The tabs on my car showed the registration expiring that month. The cop told me that he was pulling me over because my registration *might* be expired and he wanted to check. Of course, it wasn't. Then, he proceeded to talk about the car for several minutes.
Clearly, this was just a guy who wanted to look at my car, and used this as an excuse. I mean, how many people have really been stopped because they might (or might not) be a few days expired on their tabs?
I didn't feel violated or anything, and I didn't feel like he'd behaved especially inappropriately. It never even occurred to me to report him.
Still, it was a pretense.
Now THERE I can see abuse of power...
Late response, but that was a bad stop. Cops in Washington can check registration status via their in-car computer or via dispatch. Absolutely no need to stop you and look at your paper registration for the expiration date. That's no more justified than pulling you over to ensure the tab's serial number matches the car - they can't pull people over based on hunches or what-if's. While it may be mildly flattering, I still think it's misconduct that should be reported. I'd be interested in the jurisdiction, since I'm in the same neck of the woods. (By the way, pretty sure I saw your red beauty on I-90 the other day - love that color!)In Washington state, car registrations have expiration dates that might be in the middle of the month. You get license plate tabs that indicate the month of expiration. So, it's possible that your registration might have expired early in the month while the tabs still show valid, but there's no way to know just from looking at the license plate. The tabs on my car showed the registration expiring that month. The cop told me that he was pulling me over because my registration *might* be expired and he wanted to check.