This isn’t helping:
A three-year investigation into the police’s habit of fixing traffic and parking tickets in the Bronx ended in the unsealing of indictments on Friday and a stunning display of vitriol by hundreds of off-duty officers, who converged on the courthouse to applaud their accused colleagues and denounce their prosecution.
It’s not the police misconduct that is so damaging to the reputation of the police. It’s the reaction of other police officers, making clear that it’s not just a few bad apples, they really do see themselves as above the law.
And whose bright idea was it to prepare signs printed with the Nuremberg defense (“Just following orders”)? That sure doesn’t help either.
To sum up: Lawmakers don’t follow the law (even when it applies to them, which it usually doesn’t), the administration doesn’t follow the law, and law enforcement doesn’t follow the law either. But they expect us to follow it? No. We’ll just follow our own moral code, thanks.