: I don't think you understand the definition of "police state"; in that case they'd beat up even the guys with camera.. (and you wouldn't have access to services like G+, or even discuss the decision of government at all)..
Let me tell you something as a guy from a post-Communist country: USA was always a symbol of freedom and democracy for many parts of the world; but now it's slowly on its way to a whiny weak anarchy, where everything is a fault of "government" of "officials" and even a ticket for your own mistake is percieved as "bullying". So many rights and freedoms, but no obligations or responsibilities anymore.
I am not sure how strict or benevolent are your laws now, but from my point of view there is simply no excuse
to start a car with a person leaning directly on hood. It would be crazy, dangerous and punishable even if it was a homeless guy, not even a cop. Arrogant pricks like the guy should never be allowed to sit behind wheel in future, because today it's a feet, and tomorrow it might be a baby.