I can think of no better example to show how the entire police force is bad apples, either directly, or as a result of peer pressure:
Fifty-seven officers in the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team resigned Friday from their positions on the unit in support of two of their colleagues who were suspended for shoving an elderly man onto the ground during a protest Thursday, putting him in the hospital.To be clear, these guys have not left the force, just the Buffalo ERT.
"The cops who are resigning over this are proving they shouldn't have been on the force in the first place," tweeted CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair. "I hope many more of them resign. And soon."
The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, the department's AFL-CIO-affiliated union, claimed in a statement announcing the mass resignation that the two officers caught on camera shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground with no provocation were only following orders.I wonder what percentage of police forces are broken this way.
It's unclear what orders led to the unprovoked assault, after which Gugino lay motionless on the ground, blood pouring out of his ear.
"This is an example of officers doing exactly what they're supposed to," union president John Evans told the Investigative Post Friday.
My guess is that over 90% are infected with the "Thin Blue Line" disease.