Natalie, don't you realize that anytime you disagree with the police or their methods that you are then guilty of a crime? The police make it clear over and over that the only use the law as a guideline not a rule! Didn't you ever hear about what happened to Rodney King? I'm pretty sure that the State of California doesn't have a law on its books that allows for the wanton beating of black people - yet look what happened! You are lucky this officer didn't rough you up as well!
Not only that, you may have put the cops in danger - of actually having to work! Think about it, pulling people over with a bunch of your buddies is easy and it makes you a lot of money...if people weren't breaking the law, then they would have to go out and do some actual police work. They would much rather give tickets than arrest drug dealers - mainly because they are afraid to visit the areas where many drug dealers live.
People may appear outraged about how your freedom of speech was restricted, Natalie, but that's because they don't understand how seditious your actions were! Your actions presented a "Clear and Present Danger" to Houston's ability to pay its bills. That phrase comes from a Harrison Ford movie loosely based on a Supreme Court ruling against a man named Schenck who's only crime was holding a sign up near a street corner protesting the draft! I repeat, his only crime was holding a sign up warning people about something the government was doing that he didn't agree with - he didn't cause a ruckus, he didn't burn his bra, he just stood on a street corner holding a sign that read "The draft is unconstitutional". And guess what Natalie: he went to jail too, - for much longer than 12 hours! You should be thankful that Texas didn't follow that precedent!
Folks, there is a moral lesson here...we live in a country of certain guaranteed freedoms...unless those freedoms infringe on our governments rights to do whatever it wants...in those cases our freedoms are only guaranteed after our sentence is served.