Re: shouted at and push off the road by a man in a white van
I do look like a felon. My hair goes all the way down my back, even if it is braided and my goatee is fairly long, mostly gray, with some beard growth as well. I also have a....'perpetually stoned' look to.
Some cops just want to mess with me. Just a few years ago, I would get angry with 'em and usually go to jail, now I just smile at 'em and be nice maybe crack a clean joke and they ask me about my bike and send me on my way.
It's all about how one handles themselves with the officer. Be nice, informed and polite and most of the time you will win out in the end.
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson