all know that NYC, like any other city or town in America, has some really
good cops. Honest men and women doing the best they can to perform a
difficult job -- wrapping the phrase "to serve and protect"
around their self-identity like a religious vestment. Unfortunately,
religious vestments are not made of Kevlar, as Wenjian Liu and Rafel
Ramos learned when they were gunned down in their cop car by Ismaaiyl
Brinsely in Brooklyn on December 20. We all mourn, and we all should
mourn, when good cops are killed on duty.
And then there is, as always, the
antithesis of good cops. The unstable turds with government issued guns
who are the bane of any free society. The psychopaths and sociopaths
with badges and spastic trigger fingers and well-practiced
choke-holds. And, heaven knows, the NYPD has more than its share of
these. I'm talking the likes of Justin Volpe, who is now doing time
for the gruesome, sadistic attack of Abner Louima. I'm talkin'
about the coward cops who will use deadly force wildly disproportionate to
any threat they face. I'm takin' endless stories of illegal abuse of
constabulary power that has caused the deaths and injuries and false
arrests of thousands of NY civilians over just the last few
Finally there is that huge
population of cops in between -- the third part of the good, the bad, and
the ugly approaches to being a cop. The ones who have doubtful
motives for being cops; the ones who rough people up every chance they get
but never quite enough to draw the media's attention; the wise-asses who
don't know the meaning of "protect" or "serve"; the
ones who link arms and form a "blue wall of silence" around
their psychopath buddies who get inadvertently video-taped and
subsequently charged with violent crimes against the public. This
large population of in-between cops -- the uniformed and plain-clothes
pricks occupying the moral and ethical middle-ground -- are almost
impossible to identify. But now I think I've found a way.
If you want see who the NYPD pricks
are, look at the photos in Andy
Campbell's HuffPo article on Officer Wengian Liu's funeral.
The ones I'm talkin' about have their backs turned to the mayor.
They are the ones who would politicize such a solemn event and thereby
defile it -- expressing disrespect not of the mayor but of the dead
officer. Please note that Officer Liu was a Buddhist -- a member of
probably the most peaceful, non-vindictive, and forgiving religion on
earth. The irony is as sickening as it is indicative of how
wide-spread the lack of respect for the NYPD uniform is amongst those who
wear it .
You can bet that this disrespect was
pre-planned and orchestrated. From my perspective, these in-between
cops have their noses stuck up the ass of their union boss, Patrick
Lynch, so far they will do whatever he says because they don't have
the guts or the brains to think for themselves -- but, like sodomizing Haitians
in a precinct station, you'll never find a photograph of that. All
we have are the photographs of them carrying out what we must presume are
To those individual officers who
refused to buy into Lynch's line of disrespectful crap: bless you.