I am noticing a trend in large cities toward their police force using PC 148 as a means to justify an arrest. The penal code section 148 is widely use for arrest but very seldom pursued in court. This leads me to believe that the police are over stepping their powers and "showing" the public who's in charge instead of doing their job to protect and serve as the public pays them to do. 510 Bail Bond has bonded many clients out of jail where their only charge was for resisting arrest. Lets take a look at what's at play here with regarding to PC 148.
Resisting, Delaying, or Obstructing Officer
The above section of the penal code PC148 (a)(1) is so broad that just about any encounter with a police officer, you could be charged with resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer. Not showing your drivers license fast enough could be seen as cause for delaying an officer and makes you subject to arrest under PC 148. In February 2014 a CHP Officer detained an on the job fire fighter at the scene of an accident in hand cuffs citing PC 148 as his justification. The officer ordered the fire fighter to move his truck that was protecting the victim from on coming traffic. When the fire fighter refused he was put in cuffs and placed in the back of the CHP's car. I ask you, "Is this in the best interest of the public. Or does the CHP Officer have a chip on his shoulder?"
Law enforcement has shown time and time again that they can not be trusted with the powers given to them to protect and serve the public. PC 148 needs to be rewritten to protect the public interest first, then applied in such that it truly protect law enforcement from someone "Resisting" an arrest. An arrest form someone for something other than a PC 148 charge.
With regards to the CHP officer notice that section e would have the CHP officer in violation of PC 148 (e).
Here is the rest of PC 148 :
Bail - It's what we do.
Any Jail Any Bail