The NYPD and its union needs to stop being so petulant about civilian criticism and take this to heart:
Creating a space for peaceful, lawful protests is not what killed Ramos and Liu.
It should go without saying that demanding accountability of insular police departments isn’t “insult[ing] your sacrifice!” as the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association hyperbolically insisted on its web site. Yes, it’s a tough job, but that doesn’t mean, ipso facto, that the people who perform that job, and the institutions that surround them, should be immune from criticism or oversight.
Of course, this is nothing new, as Frank Serpico knows all too well. Police misconduct is just becoming more publicized. It’s no accident that RoboCop’s first directive is to “serve the public trust.” The public invests police with a tremendous amount of power, and that investment is always subject to review.