blue wall of silence


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blue wall of silence

An unspoken policy of concealment by police regarding the wrongdoing or illicit activity of other officers. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I respect the need for the police, but it's hard to trust them completely when so many stories of the blue wall of silence come to light.
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Mayor Giuliani thinks the blue wall of silence has crumbled during the Louima case.