Cops and Robbers


By: Ryan Pettigrew

                Cops and robbers, true rivals since the beginning of time since their core values are based on opposing the other. Cops are enforcers of the law while robbers are a general term for those who live in violation of it. Society labels cops “the good guys” and robbers “the bad guys” but how accurate is that when truly broken down?

The law is subjective and can’t be the moral standard. What if the law itself runs contradictory to morality; legislates activities that aren’t any of its business or is tyrannical? Is it moral to comply with immoral law or bow to tyranny? Absolutely not! That’s immoral and an act of cowardice. Yet, that’s how modern society acts, blindly labeling any law “moral”, and any act of defiance, “immoral”. That mentality is what leads to servitude and a totalitarian state.

Law is also applied hypocritically on a constant basis; where government officials, celebrities and the rich are given passes when anyone else is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Society usually ignores the issue like good little servants and develops the “by any means possible” attitude. It then becomes moral, according to society, for cops to break the law in order to catch the bad guy, but in reality, only discredits the system. Being that cops are the enforcers of the law, a cop who breaks it, is way worse than the robber whose job it is to break it. The former is basically announcing that he/she is above the law and the masses are only minions, which is correct if one blindly follows. Also, how are we going to speak of equality when the law isn’t equally applied?

Police corruption is twofold: those who break the law to catch the “bad guy” (as discussed above) and those who actually live as outlaws disguised as cops for monetary gain; both being equally despicable. The majority of cops are neither corrupt nor good, as most just work to collect a paycheck. However, those cops who fit into that majority become bad, but not corrupt, when they allow the corrupt cops to proceed without obstruction. The Blue Code of Silence is proof of corruption not only being allowed, but encouraged, and swept under the rug. Whereas a good cop remains law abiding and takes any act by an officer outside the bounds of the law or ethics as a black mark on his/her badge. This is rare and the reason why cops are looked at as a gang that gets to hide behind the law.

One can’t be called a “bad guy” for choosing to live in ways that only affect him/herself or else we run into legal contradictions. When one chooses to gamble, pay for sex when the prostitute works voluntarily, use drugs or cater to such demands, they’re living within the realms of free choice. It’s hypocritical to make marijuana illegal but allow alcohol sales or opiate prescriptions when both are abused so frequently and are worse than marijuana, physically and psychologically. It’s also hypocritical to prohibit drug dealing when the American government taught the new Afghan government how to sell heroin and black gangs how to make crack cocaine. So who’s the bad guy?

A bad guy can only be labeled as such if he/she is dishonorable or violates the rights of others. Honor applies to those who stick to their chosen belief system no matter what, so an honorable cop is one who upholds the law, while making no allowance for any police act not in full compliance with the law and ethics, while an honorable robber remains loyal to the criminal code no matter what. An honorable cop is good but an honorable robber can be bad if his/her criminal activity violates the rights of others through force (i.e. murder, assault, sex crimes, theft, kidnapping, etc); while drug crimes, prostitution and gambling don’t.

Don’t be so quick to label; truly understand the core of the issue before giving an opinion or else you become one of the sheep who beg for tyranny. Remember, at the end of the day, police and all government employees are our servants, so we must hold them accountable and refuse to give them unlimited power.

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