Reminds me of the time I was pulled over on 59 for doing 65 in a 60 (I know, right?). The officer was driving a marked Camaro and as I was talking to him, I asked him what he had to do to get issued one of those.. We talked cars for a bit and after about 3 minutes of chatting, he ripped up the ticket and just sent me away with a warning. Police are people too.
My absolute favorite was a couple of years ago out on I-20 between Van Horn and Pecos with a DPS officer. He said he had observed me get into the center line a bit (which I don't think I did but I didn't argue). I handed the officer my driver's license along with my CHL. He asked me if I had any weapons with me and I told him I did. he asked if i had any physically on my person and I told him I had a .380 in my boot so he asked me to step out of the car. I thought 'well shit here we go'.
We're standing out on the right of way and he says "seriously? You have a gun in your boot?" I told him yes, that it was the new Taurus TCP .380 (I bought it the day they came out so it was very new on the market at the time). He asked if he could see it and I told him yeah but I'm going to have to reach for it so don't be trying any BS like drawing on me or anything. He laughed, said he wouldn't so I took it out of my boot, cleared it and handed it to him. He loved the hell out of it and was blown away at its size and weight.
We stood out there on the side of the interstate and talked guns for almost half an hour before we parted ways as friends (and more importantly no ticket LOL).
I don't think I got into the center line. I think he was bored (which is very easy to do way out there) and wanted something to do/someone to talk to.
The vast majority LEOs are great guys and I've met quite a few of them.
In fact I would have to say that in my entire adult life I have had many interactions with LEOs from various agencies (no, not by committing crimes LOL) and have only met two who I would classify as genuine power tripping assholes. Those are the ones who tend to stick out in your mind.
I got pulled over for (of all things) an expired inspection sticker on my way to work one morning. The officer walked up to my window, whipped out his ticket book and started with: "How are you doing this morning, sir?"
Well, I was in a sarcastic mood, so I smiled and replied "I was doing great 'till this cop pulled me over on my way to work..."
To my relief he laughed - apparently that took him off guard. We chatted a bit, and he wrote me a warning instead of a ticket.