I have worked in EMS for 15+ years. What amazes me about this story is that the officer didn't arrest him before he got his wife out of the car. The officers in the downtown area have always been hot tempered and had a "god-cop" mentality. We (in fire/police/EMS) have always had what was refered to as the 1am rule. What this says is that if it's after 1am and thereare no cars in the intersection then ALL lights are GREEN. Sound crazy, go park anywhere downtown some night and just sit and watch how many cops breeze right through a light after barely slowing down, often on their cell phones.
Now I will be the first to admit, there are some good cops out there, who truly deserve our respect. However, most of these hotshots that they have been turning out the last 3-4 years are little more than armed adrenolin junkies. I truly hate to have a cop show up on a call in the projects because 9 times out of 10 all they do is stir crap until the scene goes south. If the good cops on our force would stand toe to toe with these cowboys and police themselves...maybe we could have a force that was worth being proud of. I just fear that there are too few good cops left to really make a difference, and thats a shame.