Or at least the cop I had an encounter with last night. It was my buddy's 21st birthday, so we took him to a bar on the beach. He got very drunk and the bouncers said he had to leave. We didn't argue--it was definitely time for him to go. A few other friends helped me walk him out to the car. He was a little pissed that he got kicked out, but he wasn't looking for a confrontation. One of the local beach cops got in his face, asked if he was "gonna do something" and threatened to take him to jail. Had we not been there, my friend probably would have done something he'd regret. That cop didn't want to keep the peace so much as he wanted an excuse to kick someone's ass.