The W.C. Varones Blog has friends who are police officers. Most police officers are faithful civil servants, and many are true heroes.
But when cops go bad, it's important to bring them to justice even more so than ordinary bad guys, because they operate under the color of authority. And the beating death of defenseless, unarmed homeless guy Kelly Thomas appears to be such a case.
It speaks poorly of police unions and police rank-and-file that they tend to rally to the defense of bad cops rather than admit that there are some bad apples and evaluate each case on the facts.
More on the Kelly Thomas beating death here and here. More on Jay Cicinelli here.
The beating was recorded on police security camera video, but the city refuses to release it. An onlooker recorder this video, where you can't see much but can hear public shocked reaction to the overwhelming force as well as the pleas of the dying man, "Dad! Dad! Dad!" The city has not suspended, even pending investigation, any of the officers involved.
Tea Partiers denounce the bad apples among them. Why won't cops do the same? Is there a Blue Code of Silence?