He sees an opportunity to break down the blue wall of silence
The investigation opens up the Blue Wall of Silence
, where cop culture stops the truth coming out.
Yet he insists that even systemic outrages such as police brutality and gratuitous racial profiling--and monstrosities such as the lynching of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas (which prompted swift convictions and an outpouring of local white contrition) and New York's Abner Louima case (which broke the blue wall of silence
and sent the cop who'd tortured him to prison for 30 years)--are horrific precisely because they stand out against a backdrop of steady improvement whose breakthroughs are so unexpected they're often denied.
What might prove to be the most important factor causing panic among police officers is that smart phone cameras are not only exposing the killing of unarmed people of color; they are a powerful instrument in piercing the so-called blue wall of silence
, the unwritten code among cops to not report a colleagues misconduct.
For us, this is an attempt at gagging and shows to us that the blue wall of silence
is still there.