Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Queen is feeling a twinge of guilt.   When stories of prosecutor/police corruption surface, I get reeeeal mad, and I don’t apologize for having that reaction: when public servants use the power given to them in order to cheat the system and railroad innocent people, every decent person should be appalled.

But lately I’ve been watching a lot of cop shows and movies—everything from “Cops” and “Psychic Detectives” to “The Untouchables” and MSNBC’s “To Catch A Predator.”  [What can I say, I’m studying for the bar and the TV is my constant background companion.]And it struck me recently that for every Mike Nifong or crooked cop, there’s a hundred good prosecutors and cops out there who spend their whole lives protecting us.  Local, state, and federal law enforcement is comprised of thousands of people who face and battle depravity and violence so that we don’t have to—and they do it for little pay.  Think of how many pedophiles, rapists, murderers, domestic abusers, drug dealers, sex traffickers, and gangsters are pinched every day: we’re all safer because of it.  

Don’t get me wrong, the Queen is just as cantankerous and wary as ever of prosecutorial misconduct and policemen who cut corners to close cases.  But look at the big picture: we live in a country where cops are the good guys; where it’s 99.5% of the time a comfort to see a cop car as you walk alone at night.  It’s not like that everywhere, you know (come to think of it, it’s not like that most places).  So props to the boys in blue and prosecutors who just try to put the bad guys away.   

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~ by lewdandlascivious on June 24, 2007.

2 Responses to “Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due”

  1. Does that include the guys that give out the speeding tickets?

  2. Haha, it’s still safe to hate on them a lil bit.

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