I told them in Gulfport, and I'll say it again here: you made us all proud to be cops and first responders. And yet, in the case of Harrison County, they couldn't, or wouldn't step up and say, "That's a bad idea," or "Don't do that" when it was clear that it was wrong. Why is that so hard? It doesn't seem like it should be, yet it is. I talked to a former Iraq war veteran who is also a veteran police officer, and even he thinks it's hard to tell another cop to stop something that is easily recognizable as unethical or even criminal conduct.
46% of cops still might not report serious misconduct by other police officers. Almost 10,000 officers have been decertified by the 26 agencies that report those officers. With a little bit of extrapolation, that's about 2.5% of the total number of sworn law enforcement in the U.S. That's good, but it could be better. You want to make sure your partner goes home at night? When you see them crossing the line, you owe it to them and their families to step in and say: "Not here, not now, not in front of me."