If the cop can tell you not to drive the speed limit in poor weather, citing it is only a suggestion, than that should hold true in the inverse as well.
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Another example of abuse of raw power.
Jay walking is a non-jailable ticket only offense. The only time a person is arrested is IF the person fails to appear for court, doesn't pay the ticket, or is found guilty and then doesn't pay.
Arresting her was a complete abuse of power accordingly unless she refused to sign the ticket. It is no different than would be talking someone to jail for if their car is illegally parked or taking someone to jail for having a tail-light out.
So Tigger, should they have slapped the cuffs on and taken him to the pokey?
Giving lip to the cops is a really bad move. They don't have to convict you, they can punish you plenty by just arresting you. They really abuse that power but they have guns and flashing lights and much more power than you do.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
There aren't enough jails in the world for your world view.
All we need to do is apply the death penalty for any infraction. This will reduce our population to a much more manageable level and the survivors will be the really, really well behaved. No more unemployment, no more crime, parking spaces where you need them and a sense of peace and a job well done.