With all the bullshit going on right now with the police and various protests (including and especially Black Lives Matter), I hear and read a lot of defenses and accusations coming from all sides. There’s one, however, that I’ve yet to see anybody disagree with. Everyone seems to universally agree that all those dickhead cops out there shooting unarmed black men are just the rotten apples. I’m sure you’ve all heard some variation of “Most cops are good people who risk their lives every day to serve and protect the community.”
In the grand scheme of things and when you tally up all the good and evil in a cop’s life, that may very well be true, so I can’t entirely disagree with that statement. Yes, cops do indeed risk their lives. Their job is important and they do protect the vast majority of us, every single day. Credit where it’s due.
But, human beings (including cops) are more than the sum total of their parts. If I put one little drop of shit into a huge pot of the best chili on Earth, the chili is fucking ruined. It doesn’t matter that 99.9% of the contents are good, that 0.1% is all it takes to ensure that nobody is going to want to eat that fucking nasty-ass concoction anymore.
Cops are like that hypothetical pot of chili. The vast majority of the average cop is made up of goodness, decency, duty, honor, etc. But there is one massive turd in the pot that ruins everybody. The media likes to call it “The Blue Wall.”
Let’s imagine two cops. Officer Rob and Officer Dylan. Of the two, Officer Rob is a racist cock-spittoon who profiles suspects and generally takes every opportunity to be a dick to black people who “look suspicious” to him. Officer Dylan is not like this at all. In fact, most of their Department isn’t like this at all. Most of them, including Officer Dylan, are great cops who serve their community well. But, does Officer Dylan ever report his partner, Rob, for the shitbag things he does? No. Does anyone else in the Department, knowing how Rob acts, report him for it? No. And if anyone did report him, would anything happen to Officer Rob? Not really.
The Blue Wall, to a cop, is about loyalty and brotherhood. No one can understand what it’s like for a cop except another cop. There’s a bond there; a closeness that the rest of us just can’t understand. And so, they stick by each other, no matter what. And those few who don’t? They don’t stay cops for long. They’re ostricized and run out of their careers.
See, the problem is systemic. Cops aren’t all bad, but the ones who are good still engage in the act of looking the other way and saying fucking nothing because they have no other choice. Well, that’s not true. Their other choice is to end their careers and leave their family without a much-needed source of income.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
— Edmund Burke
And when those good men intentionally and with full knowledge of the consequences sit there and fucking do nothing, I ask, can they still be called “good” men?
Internal Affairs is seen as the enemy. Cops “ratting” on other cops are seen as traitors. The system is broken. Cops need to be reminded that your duty is to the people you serve FIRST and to your brothers in blue SECOND. If your brothers fucking betray their charge by mistreating the citizens you are sworn to protect, then you have FAILED in your duty.
There’s too much “us vs. them” in the minds of both cops and black people, but the cops started it and they have to acknowledge that and put a stop to it. The violent misbehavior of cops that we’re seeing all over the news these days, that’s not a new thing. In fact, it’s way better than it ever has been before! What’s new are the cameras and the social media that’s no longer allowing racist fucking dickheads to get away with their shitty behavior.
The good news is that there’s HOPE! Cops *can* change. The majority of them, absent the systemic bullshit, WANT to do the right thing! When the Blue Culture changes so that it’s truly more about serving the people than each other, that’s when the change will come. Good luck waiting for that to fucking happen, though!