He was on duty at the time of the incident. He was in uniform. The only thing is he didn’t really break any laws other than maybe some decency laws. It’s grey, it’s not clear cut, but certainly since tax payers were paying him to do his job, it’s a problem.
My dad hated the New Mexico State Patrol with a passion. After getting out after his first tour he was driving to California and had everything he owned in his car. He pulled over into a rest stop in New Mexico to get some sleep. A police officer woke him up asking him what he was doing. Asked for ID and then ran my dad. Please note, my dad was in the Navy, and had a clearance due to his job. When they ran him there was a hold, with no indication as to why. The promptly arrest my dad, tow his car and throw him in a cell. Back at the station they tear his car apart. Seats, interior and all. About two hours later they get a call from NCIS asking about my dad. The conversation went like this evidently:
NCIS:“Is Mr. Barnett being held against his will?”
NMSP: “Yes, he’s currently been placed in a cell and is under arrest.”
NMSP: “Because there was a hold and we assumed he was a criminal”
NCIS: “You will release him immediately, that hold was to guarantee that he was not being placed under duress or pressed for information.”
They then let my dad go, with his stuff scattered to hell and gone and his car still disassembled. From that day forward my dad would stop at the New Mexico border, piss on the state, and then drive non-stop to the other side.
Because ultimately the sole purpose of being in the state patrol is to fuck someone, either literally or figuratively.