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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For us, this is an attempt at gagging and shows to us that the blue wall of silence is still there.
PROSECUTING POLICE BRUTALITY REQUIRES PENETRATING THE BLUE WALL OF SILENCE.
Police are caught between the imperatives of the blue wall of silence and police department rules compelling a cop who knows of police misconduct to notify Internal Affairs investigators immediately.
Clearly, the blue wall of silence can conceal (and possibly encourage) egregious violations of civil rights, not to mention less extreme incidents of unwarranted violence and abuse.