When people say we don’t trust the police or that cops are evil, we aren’t saying that every single cop is a murderer or a terrible person. The problem is that even “good” cops are part of the problematic structure that not only fails to protect the people it was created to serve, but actively harms them. Then they come together to shield their colleagues from punishment, making them complicit in the continued violence perpetrated by the less than honorable members of the police force.
When we say that police are corrupt, we mean that those who stand by silently and allow injustices to continue are not exempt from our judgment. They should be held responsible for aiding and abetting the crimes committed by their siblings in blue. The actions of the “bad” cops and the inaction of the “good” cops lets our system further crumble, removes what was meant to be a key layer of protection for the citizens, and allows the commission of unwarranted violence in the name of justice.
Until officers are held responsible for their actions, by the public and by their peers, they are all guilty of abusing the powers and privileges placed into their hands. Instead of protecting and honoring the laws they swore to uphold, they protect themselves and their colleagues, even in the commission of crimes.
The Police Officer’s Oath
“On my honor,
I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character,
or the public trust.
I will always have
the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution
my community and the agency I serve”