On the other hand, Code of Silence loyalty is not something we should be proud of. Code of Silence loyalty, like we saw in Milwaukee, is about deception and lies, and there's nothing heroic or self-sacrificing about lying to cover for a criminal act. If you have a question about whether something you're about to do is right, take this simple test to determine if your loyalty is misplaced. If the event or act that you are being silent about was made public on your local news station, would you be calling your family to watch the news? Or would you be ashamed of the truth? We don't have to be ashamed of being loyal to other cops, but we should be able to brag about what we've done--not hide what we've done.