By Josie Wales
[written on] January 22, 2015
(Via ANTIMEDIA) 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.
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.
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!
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