"[A]policeman wearing his badge of office, his uniform, pistol and nightstick carries with him at all times two unstated veiled threats, two capabilities: one is the use of force, the other is the power to arrest. These capabilities are known to people with whom the police officer deals and, together with a proper respect for his office, they engender an attitude of circumspection and deference. This attitude is greatly to the advantage of the police themselves. It affords them an important measure of protection and enables them to perform their official duties. Of course, it is also in the interests of the state to encourage this attitude. Thus, it becomes all the more important that improper actions taking advantage of this authority be within the scope of the crime of official oppression. The legislature has clearly provided for this coverage with the broad language of the statute."That broad language is contained in the Pennsylvania crime of official oppression:
A person acting or purporting to act in an official capacity or taking advantage of such actual or purported capacity commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, knowing that his conduct is illegal, he:Nazareth Police Chief Thomas "Cupcake" Trachta, whose ego was bruised by tiny FT stickers, arrested three residents without any authority. He embarrassed them with a staged perp walk because, as he told them, they had embarrassed him. he knew this conduct was illegal. He also prosecuted them illegally for exercising their First Amendment rights. He told one Defendant's mother that she could not speak to her son. He concocted a victim after charges had been filed.
1) subjects another to arrest, detention, search, seizure, mistreatment, dispossession, assessment, lien or other infringement of personal or property rights; or
(2) denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity.
This certainly sound like official oppression to me. But that's outside my pay grade.