In comments to my post on the protesters having a point about good cops who stay silent are not good cops, it was pointed out that the numbers aren’t valid. Perhaps not, but the point is that the “blue wall of silence” makes the good cops into bad ones. Let me offer an example to you:
A female highway Patrol Trooper pulled over a Miami PD officer who was speeding to his off duty job in his cruiser. He was travelling more than 120 miles per hour while weaving through traffic.This incident caused the Sun-Sentinel to do an entire series of articles, where it was revealed that dozens of South Florida cops were routinely speeding off duty, reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour. Other cops simply looked the other way. I guess they are all “good cops.”
She arrested him and was harassed for months because of it. 88 law enforcement officers from 25 jurisdictions illegally accessed her personal information more than 200 times, violating her privacy, and then used that information to leave notes on her car, and once they even left human feces on the hood of her car. She was harassed in a nationwide attempt by “good cops” to make an example of her, so other cops would know what happens when you cross the “blue wall of silence.” (Seriously, read the comments from the cops at that last link. That is the attitude of supposed “good cops.”)
She wound up leaving law enforcement and had to move more than 600 miles away, and still they are stalking her. There were still police officers doing it in 2017, six years later.
As a paramedic, I got to see first hand what “professional courtesy” means. You didn’t think that cops put those “blue line” stickers on their cars just for the hell of it, did you? These protests have gotten out of hand, but that is what happens when you don’t police your own. Cops need to fix this, or it will get worse.