Re: Seatbelt Ticket on Passenger Seat, Had Seatbelt on and More
So, you believe a cop is "corrupt" because a camera mounted behind his windshield cannot defy the laws of physics and record a clear view of the interior of your "tiny car?" The cop can turn his head and shift the direction he is focusing his eyes...the camera sees straight ahead. Based on THAT you feel free to impugn his personal and professional ethics and character? Then, in the very next statement, you want to take HIM to task for being judgmental??? While you were graduating "on the top of our class" (your grammatical error makes that sound somewhat pornographic), did the word "hypocrite" enter your vocabulary?
Hate it all you want, but get used to it, kid. It's human nature and it aint going away. It's not just white, male, bigoted, red neck, cops. It's HUMAN nature and everyone does it, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, economic demographic, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. Deny it all you want, YOU do it too (as you proved with the statement above). You go into a bank. Standing next to a desk is a man in a suit and tie and another wearing paint spattered jeans...which do you assume is the banker and which is the customer looking for a loan? You are walking down the street and see a group of young men in their late teens or early twenties, sporting the "thug" look and all wearing some article of clothing in red...do you assume they are Mormon missionaries or do you feel a twinge of nervousness and avoid crossing their path? We all make judgments and assessments based on the appearance people chose to display. There are people (apparently including your hypocritical self) who see a person wearing a sharply creased uniform, displaying a shiny badge, with well shined shoes and accoutrements...and immediately assume he/she is a wannabe gestapo thug on a power trip just itching to find someone to shoot or at least beat the crap out of.
You chose how you wanted to appear to others and intentionally cultivated that appearance. You chose an appearance that is avant-garde, edgy, and anti-establishment. You chose to look that way, so own it! Don't get all hypocritically righteous when a cop, who is quite likely to be traditional and pro-establishment in his/her outlook (traits that our society actually insists on from a police officer!) , doesn't perceive your appearance as evidence of your respectability. Be glad that you have immigrated to a country where you are free to express and display your personal choices. Forget the rings and plugs your chose to put in your body, try just wearing a t-shirt that says "Christian Youth Basketball" on the streets of Saudi Arabia or Yemen. But, the flip side of that freedom is that others are also free to disapprove of your display.
In spite of his admittedly judgmental label that you were "punk kids," nothing you have said indicates that this cop was discriminatory or unreasonable in his dealings with you. He saw (correctly) that the driver wasn't wearing his seatbelt and perceived that you were not either. He saw (correctly) the driver duplicitously put the seatbelt on as the officer approached the car and presumed that you had done so as well. And, he cited you both for the violation that he very reasonably perceived you had committed.
The fact that you do not have a current form of state identification isn't going to even come up with the court. You are not legally required to have a state issued identification. Therefore, it is irrelevant. You were not cited as the driver. So, even if you are found guilty, it isn't going to go on your driving record. It is an infraction violation. So, there will be no criminal record, either. Nothing about this charge will affect your immigration status in any way. There is no reason for your parents to be disappointed in you because you claim that you did not commit the violation. You can chose to pay the fine (with no other noteworthy consequences) or you can chose to contest it and hope that the judge finds your claims of innocence credible.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.