What year is this again? What country is this again? I just read Tom Bissell's Chasing the Sea, and cops in fucking Uzbekistan aren't this shamelessly corrupt. Bissell writes of cops shaking him down for five bucks or so at a time, and actually being pretty civil about it. This is just organized crime here.
But here's the thing that's most galling:
This is what your War on Some Drugs gets you, America, a nearly complete forfeiture of Fourth Amendment rights, and due process. Low-level drug dealers doing long stretches because of mandatory minimum sentencing, redneck cops literally getting away with highway robbery, transit cops blowing away physically restrained partiers for no goddamned reason, the world's highest incarceration rate, and no real dent in the actual problem. It merely chips away at the situation, while eroding everyone's basic rights as a citizen. It's been going on for a full generation now, and it should be unacceptable.
More importantly, in this case they're obviously hiding behind the WoSD rubric, when the real problem is the timeless cracker-cops-pushing-dark-people-around-because-they-can syndrome.