I believe 4+ guys in a car is called car pooling in real life not suspicious activity...................
Pulling over a car because it has 4+ people of one race is not called racial profiling its called metagaming based on OOC knowledge of basic server actions. Pulling over a car of 4+ race people who are driving away from a crime scene is racial profiling. Justifying breaking the rules by comparing it to "real life" doesnt make sense If gangs are not allowed to provoke cops shouldn't either.
[...] to have reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle, a police officer must observe behavior or receive information indicating criminal activity. Any traffic infraction suffices to justify pulling a vehicle over. If the police officer already knows that the individuals in [...]
I understand that if you're getting pulled over in calm areas and too many OOC factors are influencing the scene, let's say the obvious one - sultan, 4 occupants, masks - then that's OOC profiling (= metagaming) and should be punished, but if you're riding with your colors, in a hot spot area for crimes and at best shouting your way into it, then that's your own fault.
Of course I'm totally against any bored cop to try to screw with criminals just for the sake of "OOC-lulzness".
Known name tags of criminal RP'ers
That really depends from where you see it. You don't know if a law enforcement officer assembled a case against you, if a warrant is standing out, if you're on a watchlist, if you got reported through 911 for "suspicious activity" (which can be false/boredom 911 calls obviously), etc. I'm unable to provide any solution for the rare cases for this problem since it's a kinda grey-zone and it happens globally around LS:RP.
Hard to proof, however I can ensure you that if we find out that a law enforcement officer is likely in an OOC fashion following you because he's "bored", then they'll likely end up being suspended or even discharged if this is a repeated offence.
I know cops flash their light inside a vehicle and inspect it for their own safety but when the first line of text from a officer is "/do Anything illicit/illegal visible inside the vehicle?"
I disagree, that's simply copy-pasting bad role-play, and it should be reported to the faction. I understand what you are saying, but in most cases I have seen so far I heard that they have copied other law enforcement officers role-play style rather than giving you a hard time for no reason.
There are many factors which can cause such situations without bad intentions from either, the PD or SD - here the top examples:
- Faulty communication between inter-departments
- False 911 calls (OOC and IC)
- Copy/Pasting bad role-play behavior
- Inability to stay in character from a leo and/or taking situations too serious thus trying to cause the other party damage in any fashion without due reason(s)
- OOC fooling around from your friends which may cause a leo to push his attention onto your clique/group/gang temporary
- OOC boredom
- Hatred (Leo knows the criminal/civilian OOCly and wants to find any way to punish him in any fashion)
- and more
We have a pretty solid quality control in both, the PD and the SD and we are auditing officers the best we can, that doesn't conclude that no leo will cause you troubles for no reason, but you have to give the ones in charge more trust that we are able to deal with the bad apples. You need to report them, even if you think you have nothing on them if you think they put a bad light on the PD or SD. The smallest report may highlight another issue we had in the past and gives us eligible reasons to discipline this officer. In conclusion — trust us more to deal with the issues, and to be realistic that a rarity of officers are bad apples, however with your input we can work on even making this little number even smaller.