With all the stories across Canada of police brutality (including killings), harassment, rights violations, discrimination, perjury, political bias, corruption (e.g. bribes, smuggling, extortion, drug-dealing) – and seeing almost no consequences for the crimes committed by police officers – it’s extremely difficult to resist the A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards) attitude.
How are we supposed to keep falling for the line that “there are just a few bad apples” when the supposed good apples consistently rally around the bad apples and even promote them to higher positions? It’s very hard to tell the difference between the cops and the criminals.
It is clear, however, that the police are not here to serve and protect the average civilians who pay their salaries, especially if those civilians don’t have the “proper” image. It has become obvious that the main priorities of the police are to maintain the hierarchical status quo, defend those in power, and make lots of money for themselves. Breaking laws and getting away with it is the icing on the cake.
The best advice regarding police is to avoid them as much as possible, and when you do encounter them, to say as little as possible. If they act friendly, it could be a trick. People with mental illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the police, and often mysteriously end up not breathing after being approached by police.
If any police officers are reading this: you need to clean up your act and stop allowing crooked cops to damage your reputation and put you at risk. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. When even the right-wing Toronto Sun (which is normally the “Our Cops Are Tops” newsletter) starts pointing out your flaws, you know you have lost the public's trust.
The music video is “Police Brutality” by the Vancouver punk band D.O.A.