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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To appreciate why this is a proper course of action, we must first understand (and accept) a core dynamic of intra-police relationships: the supposedly notorious "code of silence." In his recent analysis of the "blue wall of silence," John Kleinig writes that at the heart of this construct is a sense of family.
The Jonny Gammage Law would break through the "Blue Wall of Silence" that is used to intimidate good cops from testifying against rogue cops and results in the cover-up of police and official misconduct and corruption.
It seems as if Skolnick is attempting to say that the Diallo trial was a case where the Blue Wall of Silence had an impact.
What might prove to be the most important factor causing panic among police officers is that smart phone cameras are not only exposing the killing of unarmed people of color; they are a powerful instrument in piercing the so-called blue wall of silence, the unwritten code among cops to not report a colleagues misconduct.
"For us, this is an attempt at gagging and shows to us that the blue wall of silence is still there."
This is the famous "blue wall of silence," and it helps explain how it is that to the sodomizing of Abner Louima, the 56 blows inflicted upon Rodney King, and the perjury of Detective Mark Fuhrman we must now add both the growing corruption scandal in the Los Angeles Police Department, the 41 bullets pumped into Amadou Diallo, and the conspiracy to obstruct justice of three officers found guilty of making up a story to cover up the role of one of them--Charles Schwarz--in the bathroom attack on Abner Louima.
Frank Serpico broke the "blue wall of silence" - the Mafia-like tradition of police brotherhood which forbids ratting on a fellow offficer