Don’t Fall For The CopSucker’s ‘Good Cop’ PR Spin

Good CopOver the last several days, I have seen numerous videos that showcase the ‘positive and good things that police officers do’. I watched a cop ‘save’ a skunk, one helped a stranded hedgehog, and another who saved a baby duck.

It’s no secret that animal videos are some of the most watched videos on the internet. And this is exactly what the ‘Thin Blue Line’ PR machine is preying on – your emotions.  Police hope you forget about the ‘few bad cops’ and focus on the positive things in life, like helping an old man fix his tie.

In the video below, an officer is seen helping an old man fix his tie. It’s been shared on thousands of police pages across Facebook.  Within 17 hours, it’s been viewed almost 6 million times. According to the original poster of the video:

So I’m working at a synagogue today…this older gentleman came up to this police officer and said I can’t tie my tie any more can you help? This is the video I caught…I’d love to see this go viral especially with all the negative stuff in the media about police. No one sees the positive things anymore…


Really? Let’s take a look at all this pesky ‘negative stuff‘ that the media reports on. Below is a list from the Cato Institute, which tracks crimes that police commit. In only five days, police have been arrested/convicted for beating civilians, excessive force, illegal strip searches, taking bribes, stalking, illegal firearms, DUI‘s, sexual misconduct, felony child abuse, smuggling drugs, domestic violence, murder, rape, sexual assault/abuse of a child, and dozens more crimes.

So forgive me for not falling for the PR spin that’s currently going on. I don’t see how an officer helping an old man with his tie, somehow negates even ONE item on this list.

For 9/16/2015

Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday September 16, 2015:

  • Update: Klamath County, Oregon (First reported 08-27-15) sheriff indicted for excessive force against inmates.
  • Update: Seattle, Washington (First reported 01-29-15): The officer who arrested an elderly black man who was using a golf club as a cane and claimed he used it as a weapon against her has been fired.
  • Update: Firebaugh, California (First reported 02-27-15): A now-former officer was sentenced to six months in jail for felony domestic battery.
  • Westmoreland County, Virginia: A now-former deputy pled guilty to selling weapons he had been charged with destroying.
  • Update: Vermont Veterans’ Hospital (First reported 04-23-15): A now-former officer pled guilty to criminal threatening after pulling her gun on two motorists.
  • Update: Illinois State Police (First reported 09-10-15): A trooper was convicted of aggravated assault for unnecessary roadside strip search of motorist in a bench trial.
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana: A now-former deputy was indicted for taking bribes to smuggle drugs into jail.
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota: A deputy has been accused of stalking a woman he met on a dating website.


For 9/15/2015

Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, September 15, 2015:

  • Valdosta, Georgia: An officer was fired and arrested for using a drone to spy on his neighbors.
  • Massachusetts State Police: A trooper was indicted for assault & battery and strangulation for a February attack on his girlfriend.
  • Belchertown, Massachusetts: The chief was pulled over for erratic driving and appeared to be drunk. He was driven home by a Granby officer without charge.
  • Pamplico, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for selling firearms to a convicted felon.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: A now-former agent was sentenced to five years for bribery. He sold personal information about a Bangladeshi national to a political rival.
  • Boston, Massachusetts: A detective was arrested for lewdness after he was caught masturbating in public near a hotel.
  • Update: Columbus, Ohio (First reported 08-17-15): An officer was charged with assault for knocking a man unconscious and kicking him during an incident that happened when he was off duty.
  • Update: Signal Hill, California (First reported 03-09-15): A now-former officer will stand trial for pulling a driver from his truck and pointing a gun to his head in what was described as a road rage incident.
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota: An officer faces fraud and conspiracy charges for collecting $140,000 in wages for a job he didn’t work.
  • Kaplan, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for unauthorized entry, false swearing, and obstruction of justice.
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for sexual battery, official misconduct, and official oppression for a November 2014

Here are the 17 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, September 12 through Monday, September 14, 2015:

  • Santa Rosa, Florida: A deputy was arrested for felony child
  • Brevard County, Florida: Two deputies were named during a prostitution investigation and consequently terminated.
  • New York, New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton apologize to former tennis star James Blake for his violent false arrest while standing outside of a midtown hotel. Surveillance footage shows Blake thrown to the ground by a plainclothes officer. The officer has a history of force complaints.
  • Update: Bastrop County, Texas (First reported 06-18-14): A deputy’s murder trial in shooting death of Yvette Smith started Monday and is now underway.
  • Springfield Township, Ohio: Jordn Miller’s death in custody is under investigation by the county prosecutor.
  • Beverly, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for drunk driving while in possession of a loaded handgun.
  • Update: Germantown, Tennessee (First reported 04-10-15) An officer was fired for multiple rule violations. He remains out on bond for a charge of rape filed against him in
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was found liable for the shooting death of Kenneth Smith in 2012. The City was ordered to pay Smith’s family $5,500,000. Last year, a prosecutor declined to press charges against the officer in the case.
  • Update: Kenosha, Wisconsin (First reported 03-04-15): A now-former officer says the department has a long history of allowing officers to resign to avoid criminal charges. He claims he was offered the same deal but was prosecuted anyway. He previously admitted to planting evidence in a homicide case for which he is now facing a felony misconduct
  • Georgetown, Ohio: An officer was suspended after a domestic violence arrest.
  • Butler University (Indianapolis): The assistant chief was arrested for OWI. His BAC was .27.
  • Update: Madison, Alabama: The now-former officer’s trial for paralyzing an elderly Indian man who didn’t understand his commands ended in a mistrial because of a deadlocked jury. The government says it will retry the
  • Sumner County, Tennessee: A now-former major was indicted on theft and drug charges after allegedly taking drug evidence that had been confiscated in closed cases.
  • Update: Cook County, Illinois: A now-former deputy pled guilty to stealing drugs from dealers. He stole drugs several times over the three years he spent on a drug task force.
  • San Luis Obispo, California: An officer was suspended after a DUI
  • Simpsonville, South Carolina: An officer was fired after allegations of excessive force.
  • Pennsylvania State Police: A trooper was arrested in a drug sting. He was under investigation because of reports he had been stealing drugs from motorists.



For 9/11/2015

Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, September 11, 2015:

  • Update: Chatham County, Georgia (First reported 01-14-15): Two now-former deputies were indicted for perjury during grand jury testimony related to the in-custody death of Matthew Ajibade
  • Pike County, Mississippi: A deputy was indicted for manslaughter in the death of Troy Ray Boyd.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland: An officer and his wife were arrested and charged for theft from a credit union.
  • Dumas, Arkansas: An officer was arrested on cocaine conspiracy
  • Temple, Texas: An officer was arrested for firing his gun and inappropriately touching a woman while he was off duty in El Paso.
  • Update: Loveland, Colorado (First reported 05-11-15): An officer who was arrested for child abuse in May faces new charges of child abuse and tampering for destroying evidence.
  • Hellertown, Pennsylvania: An officer was fired after he was arrested for DUI after he was involved in a motorcycle crash.
  • Spalding County, Georgia: A captain was charged with aggravated assault, influencing witnesses, stalking, sexual battery, and other charges.
  • Petersburg, Virginia: An officer was suspended and arrested for election fraud in his bid for sheriff.
  • Update: Independence, Missouri (First reported 09-17-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to a civil rights charge for intentionally dropping a minor on his face. He faces up to ten years in federal prison.
  • Update: Hall County, Georgia (First reported 05-22-15): A now-former deputy was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for accepting bribes from a drug dealer.
  • Update: Birmingham, Alabama (First reported 10-23-14): An officer was indicted on four counts of sexual abuse of a child and one count of first-degree rape.
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for statutory