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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Address to Chicago City Council Stresses The Thin Blue Line, and policings dirty secret: the police code of silence 

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/12/09/mayor-emanuels-address-city-council-stresses-trust-respect

This problem is sometimes referred to as the Thin Blue Line. Other times it is referred to as the code of silence. It is the tendency to ignore, deny or in some cases cover-up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues. No officer should be allowed to behave as if they are above the law just because they are responsible for upholding the law.




The mayor’s wide ranging speech rehashed themes he’s spoken on in recent days, including what he believes to be a “code of silence” that exists within the police department.

“As we move forward, I am looking for a new leader of the Chicago Police Department to address the problems at the very heart of the policing profession,” Emanuel said.

“This problem is sometimes referred to as the Thin Blue Line. Other times it is referred to as the code of silence. It is the tendency to ignore, deny or in some cases cover-up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues. No officer should be allowed to behave as if they are above the law just because they are responsible for upholding the law.
“Permitting and protecting even the smallest acts of abuse by a tiny fraction of our officers leads to a culture where extreme acts of abuse are more likely, just like what happened to Laquan McDonald. We all have grieved over young lives lost again and again to senseless violence in our city,” he added. “Now more than ever we need good and effective policing. But we cannot have effective policing if we turn a blind eye to the extreme misconduct we saw at its worst in the tragic case of Laquan McDonald. We cannot ask citizens in crime-ravaged neighborhoods to break the code of silence if we continue to allow a code of silence to exist within our own police department. And we cannot ask young men to respect officers if officers do not respect them in kind. Respect must be earned and it is a two-way street.”

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