Only recently, the media revealed a case where an officer arrested a fast-food employee for putting too much salt in his burger. Now, another officer has arrested a motorist for coughing in his direction during a traffic stop. For the story, click here It is an issue that repeats itself with some regularity, arrests that are caused by officers wanting to punish citizens for questioning their judgment or simply irritating them. In most cases of abuse, an officer does not charge for assault by cough but comes up with a more conventional claim that escapes public notice. While most officers are responsible and respectful, such abuses are rarely subject to the spotlight of public review.