Cops are very nearly worshipped in our society. On endless TV shows, in movies, police procedural novels, in the newspapers and on the nightly news, police are usually presented as virtue personified — as if it’s heroic to button up a blue shirt and pin on a badge.
What some cops do while wearing the uniform makes them heroes … and what other cops do, on-duty and off, reveals them as thugs.
Well, if you’re looking for more news of police heroism, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you want to be told that the policeman is your friend, that cops are the good guys and robbers are the bad guys, you’ll find such reassurance on every ‘news network,’ in every newscast around the clock, and in every cop show from Dragnet to NYPD Blue.
This page serves a different purpose, for anyone brave enough to face facts:
All cops are not heroes.
But because of the myth that “all cops are heroes,” there’s minimal call for disciplining bad cops, and maximal call for “forgiving,” and “understanding” the tough work of being a cop.
And that’s despicable. And terrifying.
Police work is tough. It’s among the most difficult jobs in the world. And turning a blind eye toward police misconduct — allowing crooked, corrupt, outright criminal cops to have long careers in law enforcement — only makes it more difficult and dangerous for the good cops.
Letting cops get away with crime …
… Or “punishing” police misconduct with long, leisurely paid suspensions …
… Or probation …
… Or sweet deals that allow a policeman’s own police record to be expunged …
… Or any of the other special treatments cops typically receive when they’re accused of wrongdoing …
… is assinine and counterproductive.
We’d like to see good cops get a raise, and bad cops held accountable for their crimes.
Any other policy is an invitation to savages and brutes — to button up a blue shirt, pin on a badge, and break the law with impunity.