Interesting caption on this footage from the Colbert Report. "Not an A-hole" is a reference to the disagreeable provocateur Robert Ekas, a Portland OR man whom Colbert calls an asshole. That's because Ekas goes around flipping the bird at cops to make a (dumb) point about free speech.
By contrast, to hear Colbert tell it, police sergeant Scott Westerman of the Portland PD is the anti-asshole, the cop who stands for courtesy and civility.
Ah, but after the Colbert segment was shot, Westerman, off-duty, was involved in two separate bully-boy incidents, on different days, against the same female driver. That even raises the possibility that he was stalking her, or had some unhealthy obsession with her, but fine — let's say that it was just a coincidence that he picked the same motorist to yell at and try to intimidate two days in a row. In any case, she reported him and got his name in the paper. Sgt. Westerman was forced to eat humble pie.
My questions: Do we suppose that this is the first time that the good sergeant, while not even on duty, spat venom at citizens who displeased him, threw his weight around, and threatened to arrest them for no apparent reason? It's possible. Is it likely?
Even if we again give Sgt. Westerman the benefit of the doubt, the "Not an A-hole" label seems a tad erroneous now, doesn't it?