This afternoon on my KMOX show, Brett Darrow talked about his encounter with St. George Police Sgt. James Kuehnlein last week, in which the officer lost his temper and screamed at Brett while the whole thing was caught on video.
Once you've watched the video, draw your own conclusions on whether Darrow was baiting the cop -- and even if he was, should Sgt. Kuehnlein have taken the bait and gone over the top? You also have to wonder how much Darrow's age (20) had to do with this, whether his previous encounters with the law left him pre-disposed to situations like this, and whether the officer (who is on suspension) really knows the law, as he claims. What's most disturbing about this is Sgt. Kuehnlein's implication that he'll make up reasons to take Darrow to jail.
I also asked criminal defense attorney Chet Pleban -- who is not involved in this matter -- to offer some legal expertise on what information you have to provide if you're stopped by a cop and asked to provide ID and explain what you're doing in a parking lot in the middle of the night. Chet added a few questions for Brett, who provided a few answers.
There's a transcript of the St. George incident here. Darrow was involved in another incident caught on tape on December 30, 2006 -- that video and transcript are here.