Of course, there are those among us who after reading multiple stories of incidents daily regarding officer malfeasance, theft, abuse, perjury and felonies who look askance at such a professional paper.
I personally know a number of law enforcement folks who truly believe their oaths and (I think) hold to them (to the best of their ability, considering their agency ‘rules’). But my knowing doesn’t matter.
It’s all about public perception.
It doesn’t help that Hollywood producers like Dick Wolf (of the Law & Order programs) portray law enforcement as everything from straight arrows to crooked-as-a-dog’s-hind-leg. I just watched a cross-over episode (with L&O SVU) of Chicago P.D. (the newest agency in the collection) wherein the head of C.P.D. Intelligence is ordered to ‘do whatever it takes’ to break a serial rape/maim suspect. He puts him in ‘the cage’ (a chain link enclosure not affiliated with the jail system) and proceeds to beat on the suspect and begin cutting off his ears (something the suspect is alleged to have done) until he gives up the location of the still active co-suspect.
Now, just like our Republic, I’m all about looking at the total picture, warts and all. And, if the Chicago P.D. did (or does) such things, they need to be held accountable.
Just like the serial rapists who collect ears for souvenirs.
But, if it’s only fiction, then it colors the general public’s already jaded perception of police.
h/t Richard W. DeShon, Mike Vanderboegh