This is a media stunt to sway some good will back to side of the police. Now, nothing really wrong with that, and it should actually be part of the
program for police services to bond with the public and also create awareness through the media, or other means.
Here's the problem.
1. You have rapid moving militarization of certain police services. This doesn't mean every single force, but since there are so many and each are of
the same ilk, they all fit into the same category. It's hard to tell which ones are which anyway, when they are in their tactical gear or driving the
armoured cars/trucks, etc, since certain gear and equipment doesn't always specify which unit they are a part of.
2. Police throughout
North America (possibly the world?) need to start cleaning house. This isn't the days of Serpico and mob payoffs, rather
more reminiscent of Rome and the Gladiators fighting for their names to be known in the Colosseum.
What do you mean Boncho??? You're speaking in riddles...
While corruption is always changing, something that hasn't is the blue wall. The code of silence. The blue shield. Whatever you want to call it.
Corruption, and the major distinction that needs to be addressed is this one. Whatever the underlying corrupt practices that are going on which make
the blue wall be used, the actual code
is what causes the police to lose face in the public's eye.
There are simply too many cases of police lying. Rampant, systematic lying. And they use logic like, "Well, I know he did it, he knows he did it, and
since he's not fooling anyone I'm gonna fib hear and there when I testify at trial." and it doesn't take long before those lies are being used to
cover up misbehaviour, or indict people who are completely innocent.
Cameras and modern technologies has brought so much of this to light in the last decade. The main issue with it though, is that because there is a
code of silence, and because the unions are so strong, instead of this causing a ripple of sweeping asskicks through all the policing force in all of
North America, instead, the blue code and the police unions went into overdrive.
And basically police have been given full privilege to do whatever they want and get away with it. The writing is between the lines, and they
basically say through their actions and words that they are above the law. Because of technology, it has become a ongoing drama, which always ends up
So much for condemning those, "stop snitchin' " t-shirts. Since police do the same thing they accuse gang bangers of.
Bottom line: Until this culture of protectionism is changed, and the services not only clean house, but also hand down real sentences to their
officers who break the law (the very ones they are entrusted to uphold), the public will not have the kind of respect for them they may have in the
This should, and needs to be done, because there are a lot of good people who are police officers that deserve the proper recognition
. Not only
that, but I'd also like to raise my kids and teach them that police are the good guys and they are there to help you, or protect you should you need
it, (which I'm sure others have the same sentiments), but in light of todays police culture and the rule of law, I'd probably just leave out that
edit on 8-5-2014 by boncho because: (no reason given)