a reply to: seagull
Maybe they did... but here's the problem: cops are people too. They have mortgages, kids to put through college, a family that needs food on the
table... and they need their job. Refusing an order or calling attention to another cop for wrongdoing gets one kicked out. Officially, it usually
shows up as a crappy assignment, or maybe a dangerous assignment, sometimes a lack of promotion, even possibly just internal harassment until they
leave. In any case, the rule is there: don't make waves or else.
It's the incoming cops that are the problem. As more come in, more of the good guys are pushed out, retire, or simply are bullied into submission.
What kind of cops are we getting from this generation? A few years back I tutored at a college that had a substantial Criminal Justice department. As
a math tutor, the worst thing I could have done was to do a student's work for them. I had several offers to do so, some of them with rewards well
into the hundreds of dollars. Every single one came from Criminal Justice majors!
Every. Single. One.
It was also a well-known given that the average Criminal Justice major was likely not the brightest bulb on the tree. Sorry to say this, but that was
very accurate. While there were some average students among them, most Criminal Justice majors either didn't have the intelligence or the desire (I
believe the latter) to do even simple math. it was bad enough to give all of them that reputation.
And outside? I spent plenty of time outside, puffing on my nicotine. I got to talk with a lot of my students on a more personal level that way, in
addition to satisfying that wonderful desire for nicotine. What did I hear when I asked them why they chose Criminal Justice? Here's a few quotes:
"I wanna be a cop and tell people what to do.
"I get to carry a gun.
"I'm above the law.
"The cop cars look cool.
"I get to shoot people.
Those are all quotes etched into my memory. I'll likely never forget them (especially that last one). I told myself at the time that this was just
bluster to make them feel strong... but today I no longer think it is. I no longer wonder if it is. I know it was not bluster, but rather cold, hard
honesty. That is what we are getting in the new police recruits. And now, there are so many that the older cops have lost any internal power they had.
Even the leadership is composed of these newbies now.
They are now useful idiots for the agendas of the powerful who wish to rule. And they are waging the war their masters tell them to wage, without
compassion, without feeling, without reason, and without logic. Drone warriors sent to attack an unsuspecting enemy.
I feel for the good guys who are left. But not enough to risk my life. I know now how I am seen.