I agree with you in principle. I am not familiar with the general situation in canton. I am speaking generally from what I saw in the video of that situation. Even firing him for his conduct doesn't solve the problem. What happend happened. Firing does ensure that HE doesn't do this again as a police officer. I can't speak of anything towards a solution or resolution or satisfaction of the unfortunate citizen he abused. That's not a matter for me to comment on in the scope of the subject of this thread.
Now, as far as this being a chronic problem in canton or anywhere else, I agree with you that it is a people problem. If you have people in positions of power at any level who tolerate, encouraage, and train this sort of behavior and protect those who choose to behave that way from the consequences of their actions, you are absolutely correct, they should not be tolerated by the general citizenry. And you are right the problem is greatly a result of people who either have fleeting feelings of indignation when they hear of something like this but a few minutes later they think, "oh, well it doesn't effect me directly, what can I do?" And forget about it.
The other part is that good officers do the same thing. They don't act, they don't ostracize officers that do this. They don't enforce the law on the cops who do this kind of thing.
Now that's not to say that some don't. I'm sure some do. Its obvious that not enough are.
If this had been a private citizen who acted like this, he would have had an entire book of charges to answer for. That's just if you ignored the trouble he would get in for interfering to begin with.
I agree with you and forward your point that its not just a problem cop, department, or even a city, county or state problem. Its a combination of those, but ultimately you are right this comes from the top down. The public is the top, all police officers and officials, and elected persons come from and are accountable to the public. If we fail to meaningfully and consistently hold them accountable for negligence or malicious conduct and accepting meaningless half measures and non solutions to situations like this, then the problem will continue and get worse. Its active and dynamic problem which requires a solution which is also.