Why Trusting The Police Is DangerousI'm sure we all grew up with the creed "always trust a cop". Indeed, this is a theme of many books, movies, television shows, and daily conversations: law enforcement officials always have the best of intentions and should be trusted over anyone else. However, I do wonder why this is so? What makes the police so much better than the average citizen? Do any of them really have our best intentions at heart, or is it all just a play for power over the powerless? Obviously, becoming a law official places you above reproach.
In one example, a police officer molested his stepdaughter for two years straight. Despite all signs of his actions, his wife and neighbors did not believe the girl when she reached out for help, nor did they ever put any thought into it: the guy was a cop, so there's no way he could ever do something illegal and hurtful, right? The police office was shot and killed by the wife's brother, who found him molesting his niece in the living room. Neighbors heard the gunshot, found the girl without her clothes on, and immediately accused the brother, who went to prison under charges of molestation. It was not until after the brother had been sentenced and a funeral held for the police officer did people find out that he really had been sexually abusing his niece.
This is a prime example of how working for the government can grant you the ability to hurt others without repercussions. For a society full of a new wave of cynics and realists, for a society that despises serial killers, rapists, drug addicts, etc., it is full of people who can turn a blind eye to their own fault and allow so much corruption in the system they've built.