Gonna be honest. In my personal experience over the years, police HAVE been "out to get me". Used to drive a 94 Regal when I lived in OC. ALWAYS had cops up by butt when I drove through cities like HB, Costa Mesa, Newport, etc. It just gets stressful and pisses you off when you can't go anywhere without seeing a cop divebomb over 3 lanes just to get behind you so he can run your plates and jam you up. Never had any tickets outside of one for a cell phone a few years back. I have been pulled over for absolute BS (turn looked "a little jerky", etc) and been basically cross examined on the side of the road. Stuff like that made me resent cops and not trust them. For me, it hasn't been a stigma. It's been reality. I don't necessarily hate cops, I just don't trust them and don't tell them anything more than the basics.
"I am all for exercising your rights and not talking to the police if you’ve done something wrong, it’s your right, why incriminate yourself. We generally already know the answer to the questions anyways."
You actually provided a great example reinforcing my perspective. Too often I'm pulled over for BS and the cop thinks he "knows the answer" and wastes 20 minutes or so of my life grilling me, only to find that I did nothing and have nothing, so he lets me go. After the first half dozen or so times of that, it got old.