Are Good Cops Really the Bad Guy?
Before we answer the question, are cops the good guy or the bad guy, let us get to know our local cop a little better. In the dictionary of Oxford, we find that police officers vow to work for:
“the civil force of a state, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.”
In this statement alone, we know police officers are not the bosses of us. However, it also tells us that cops are not the bosses of themselves either, they work for a higher power. Yes, that power is supposed to be, and rightly should be the citizens for whom they vow to protect. However, this is not the case. Altogether, the citizens may have become the bad guy.
There is a hierarchy within the police force, much like that of the United States government. Who does create this hierarchy? The line of enforcement includes everyone above the officer leading up to government officials. That’s right, it is only if your voice is heard that your commands are carried out. If your voice is not heard you can consider yourself the bad guy, because your voice is heard only through the hierarchy that governs you.
The police offer has to answer to a Sergeant, who answers to the Lieutenant, who answers to the Captain, who answers to the Commander, who answers to the Deputy Chief, who answers to the Chief of Police, who answers to the Mayor, who answers to the Governor, who answers to the President of the United States. To top it all off, cops are at the bottom of the totem poll, additionally having to answer to a Detective.
Does not look like cops or the bad guy have much power, does it? Actually, did you know that police officers have a meeting every day with their supervisors from the hierarchy before going out to work in the streets you and I live in? These meetings are to carry out the commands of the hierarchy.
Are cops really the bad guy? Cops are human beings just like us. We are the so-called bad guy, the ones without a voice. Although they have one of the toughest jobs, still they get up every day and literally put their lives on the line. As they walk in the line of fire to protect individuals, the treatment received back is un-appreciativeness, disrespectfulness, and hatefulness towards them. Those guns they carry are not to harm us, but to protect themselves from danger.
The cops receive orders from higher-ups, just as we do at work everyday. The orders they carry out are the orders they gotten from their bosses, the government officials. If you do not like what is happening, have rallies, speak out, have neighborhood meetings, contact your government official. But for goodness sake, stop taking it out on the cop.
Stop the cop blame game! He’s a good cop, bad cop, I’m not a bad guy. Who cares? Instead, spend your time and energy on making a change in the system in which the cops work. Take it out on your government officials. Get the laws changed. You will then see that police corruption in any form will no longer be the norm in society.
Good Cop Bad Cop
Sure, there are some nasty no good cops in the bunch of mostly upstanding police officers. These cops should receive disciplinary action when they reach any level of uncontrollable civilian abuse. Justice by vigilantes is inexcusable. No human being should fear injustice, be it racial or otherwise. We want to see smiling faces behind those badges, not bully bodies.
How do we stop the good cop bad cop syndrome? Accountability is the way to achieve the correct law enforcement standards. This does not start with the police officers. First, you need to go to the top, of the civil force commanders. This is the only way to ensure your voice against police violence, and police brutality by government, state and county officials stop.
If you do not like what cops are doing out on the streets. Get the laws changed by voting!