So we need to talk about this mindset.

Not all cops beat/rape/murder people so not all cops are bad!

This seems like a fair argument until you consider what “good” cops have sworn to do.

Let’s discuss
“good” cops have sworn to uphold laws

Many laws are classist. Racist. Ableist. Sexist. Anti immigrant.

it’s nice when a cop won’t rape a homeless sex worker. But it’s still their job to arrest the SW and create a criminal record that ensures they’ll never get a straight job
Laws that make to illegal to help the homeless mean that “good” cops are legally obligated to arrest those who provide food and blankets for the homeless.

Or even arrest the homeless for asking for food/money

Is that what a good person does? Put people in jail for being poor?
“Good” cops are legally obligated to charge people with sex crimes for being sex workers, or being homeless and peeing in public.

Does a good person make a homeless individual a registered sex offender because they couldn’t access a public bathroom?
A good cop is required to report trafficked migrants to immigration. Is getting trafficked people deported and dumped back into the exact same circumstances they were trafficked from a good thing? And yet good cops have sworn to do this.
A good cop is legally obligated to send someone to jail, possibly for decades for having a few grams of marijuana. In a world where Brock turner served less than 6 months for RAPE, I challenge anyone to tell me 15 years for having weed is a fair sentence.
Carceral polices dictate that any time cops are called for domestic violence, someone must be arrested. This has resulted in battered women being homeless Bc they were “too much trouble” is this was good policing looks like?…
I can (and have) talked about police brutality all day. But look at what “good cops” do because so many laws are shitty. How can you be considered good for getting trafficked ppl deported, abused women evicted, and those who feed the homeless arrested?

What’s good here?
And I can’t help but think that punitive laws that hurt the most marginalized create a breeding ground for bad cops.

If good cops arrest people for feeding the homeless... what do you think actual bad cops are doing? 👀
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