A good cop is a cop who is good at his job, right? So let’s review what a cop’s job is, and what a cop’s job is not. A cop’s job is to enforce the law, no matter how unjust, using force to punish anyone caught disobeying. A cop’s job is not to protect and serve. The Supreme Court admitted in Castle Rock v. Gonzales that the police are under no legal obligation to protect anyone. That phrase, “To Protect and Serve,” written on the side of their vehicles? Just a PR slogan.
Their actual job description is to enforce laws; not to prevent harm, but to make sure that anyone caught disobeying arbitrary legislation written by corrupt politicians is punished by any means necessary, whether by something as “mild” as the threat of violence, all the way up to and including execution on sight with absolute impunity. And there is now a growing trend in which cops are going above and beyond the call of “duty,” and preemptively harassing, attacking, and executing innocent people before they even get a chance to break any kind of law. Bravo officers, you get a paid vacation for your efforts!
So why do we need more bad cops? Well, if a good cop is one who obeys orders and enforces the law without question, then we are in dire need of more bad cops — cops who will use reason, morality and logic, who will not follow orders, and who will stop the good cops from being so good at their jobs. But such “bad” cops are just about extinct, due to the fact that when a cop starts to become bad at his job and better at being a good person, and steps in to stop the violence of his or her fellow coworkers — or even just speaks out against it — he or she is usually bullied, ostracized, intimidated, and threatened into resigning.
This was the case with Sergeant Mark Benjamin of the Atlantic City PD, and New Albany police officer Laura Schook, both of whom spoke out against police abuse and corruption. And when “bad” cops can’t be forced to resign, they will often be fired outright for making the department look bad, as was the case with officer Cariol Horne, who stepped in to stop fellow officer Gregory Kwiatkowski from beating and choking a handcuffed man. For her troubles, she was assaulted by officer Kwiatkowski, and then fired.
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This horrible cycle creates a sense of fear amongst the blue mafia: cops are scared to do the right thing. What does it say when cops are more afraid of each other than they are of being an accessory to harassment, assault and murder?
A good cop is a bad person. So here’s hoping to seeing more bad cops on the streets!