Oct. 4, 2015

Corrupt Police

From Dances With Thugs by Joseph Dickey (author's profile)



Corrupt Police

As I watch the news, I am amazed at the public's perception of police officers and how the "system" works. Some part of me wants to still believe in this commonly held illusion, but my life experience shatters it. The illusion I am referring to is the belief that officers are always the good guys and our system punishes the guilty and exonerates the innocent. I am telling you from years of experience and observation—this is NOT always the case.

Here is the problem (as I see it). Most police officers are decent human beings. However, a few are ignorant, power-hungry vigilantes who think policies do not apply to them. These officers are the scum of the earth with a badge and a gun. Tolerance of their actions by the other officers is the problem.

Although a correctional officer is not exactly the same as a patrol officer, I can illustrate my point with a couple of real-life examples.

There is a correctional officer here that constantly harasses inmates about their charges, their sexuality, and/or their everyday routine. I have been victimized by this individual. The other guards know he does this and know it is against policy, yet if he is written up, they will lie to keep him out of trouble. I asked another guard why no one does anything, and this guard gave me the example of a football team. If one of your players breaks a rule, you're not going to tell the official; you're going to turn your back on it. He said, "We are all on the same team." This is a prime example of how one guard can make an entire organization look bad.

In the redneck county jails or Alabama, I have had my food spit on, been shoved around, been called every name under the sun, and been denied showers for a week at a time.

It would be easy for me to hate all police and/or guards, but this was done by only a few guards. The majority are decent and a few are even kinds. But... the problem is the decent and kind ones tolerate the actions of the horrible few, and even help cover up their actions.

How can an entire culture like this be changed?

Are the ones turning their backs and covering up wrongdoings just as guilty?

Would love to discuss this and hear your ideas.

Joseph Dickery

P.S. Forgive my handwriting. My finger is still broken.


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Julia Posted 4 years, 1 month ago. ✓ Mailed 3 years, 11 months ago   Favorite
Dear Joseph,
I think there will always be the rotten apples. In my opinion, it is really the looking away of the rest that IS the problem. Not looking away would have personal consequences, and people chose to stay out of trouble instead of taking the risk of being bullied for stepping out of line. Selfinshness is very much stimulated too nowadays. Just think of the philosophy of ayn rand. These are my thoughts. Some quotes:

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
Elie Wiesel

Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.
Elie Wiesel

“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.” MLK

Hope your finger is fine by now, have a good day, Julia

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