'No such thing as a legal requirement to put your foot on the ground when you stop a motorcycle.'
I can personally attest to the fact that if one challenges a Texas cop and even worse a state one with an absolute non-changing belief structure like that it is likely going to be a very bad day. When you are with one the law often becomes fluid and things can change like lightning. like with lawyers now many police take law as plastic and molded at the moment to what they say and argument can and WILL put you in jail if you do not play their little game.
BTDT, and over 30 tickets by age 25 and somewhere I pulled my head out to then stop getting them at all. Most of all it requires you to keep your mouth shut. Here simply arguing can get you jail instantly as a flight risk if you do not concur. BTDT too and one ticket turned into five instantly. NEVER issue an absolute to a cop; they will prove you wrong right on the spot and laugh about it.
I've been within seconds of being shot by police at least 3 times and all three doing absolutely nothing wrong, the guns were out and I had to play the game correctly to not have things go much worse.
Way more than one policeman told me the put foot down thing. Not arguing, rather pointing out that insistence otherwise can easily get you worse, here the police will put you in jail instantly just to make you jump through the hoops. You'll pay tow charges, the fine and court fees up front before they let you out of jail and THEN get around to court date setting. And there is NO either you stopped or didn't, there being a wide array of nuances applied to what is commonly an IMPROPER stop charge, which covers anything the cop can dream up. Like one of the five charges above, I stopped the bike with front tire breaking the line by maybe an inch and he went for it. I've also gotten a no stop ticket for skidding the vehicle in the rain but maybe only the last foot of the stop. Losing control of vehicle he called it and improper stop ticket issued again.
Some of you will remember the young woman of color who got arrested in south Texas while the whole time loudly protesting and then ended up in jail and later 'committed suicide' a bizarre example of how things can go if you decide to get all up in a policeman's face, yes, you may be very right but you may be very dead as well.
I used to argue with them and mostly why the tickets but at some point only a dumb-tt doesn't grasp it can get much worse. I say that after having been physically lifted off the ground by my shirt collar to choke me right on the front steps of the police station for all of town to see.
I still back the law but it can bite both ways.