Gawd/ess. It's simple, really.
If the cop tells you to pack it in until s/he figures out "what's all this 'ere, then?", and you refuse to pack it in ... well, basically, in my mind, you deserve what you get.
Cops are authority figures, sometimes armed, and in a high-stress job. Ignore them at your own risk. If you don't like the idea, find a better place to live.
Case in point is Oscar Grant's death at the hands of a BART policeman on this last New Year's Eve ... It's right there on the cell-phone videos; Oscar was asked to sit down against the wall and keep his hands in sight while the cops sorted out what was going on. He complied. Then he got back up. And was told to sit down again. He did. And then he got up again. And was told to sit back down. He did. And then the silly idiot got back up AGAIN (third strike!), at which point the cops (rightly) decided that he should be cuffed until further notice ... and the stupid fucking moron (Oscar, that is) chose to actually struggle with the police!
Yes, the cop shouldn't have pulled his gun when he was going for the taser ... but I can understand how such a tragic event might happen in a high-stress situation. Oscar, by struggling for no reason, brought his own death upon himself at the hands of an officer who was (probably) under trained ... thus making the lives of BOTH families miserable.
YES, the cop probably needed more training. But Oscar should have sat down and shut up until the cops had the situation sorted out. If he had, the situation would never have happened.
In the months since that police shooting, I've noticed that anytime a criminal in the SFBay's East Bay refuses to listen to the cops, and as a result the perp dies, it is ALWAYS the cop's fault, at least according to the locals ... and if a perp manages to kill a few people after running from the cops, again, as far as the locals in the East Bay are concerned, it's the cop's fault.
The common thread is "Why were the cops chasing him? He was just trying to make a living!" (Selling drugs, trafficing in prostitution or guns or stolen cars, whathaveyou ... ).
We've all gone mad ... and the news is only fanning the flames ...