She reviews the 2008 reports of the Tribunal, detailing its findings of specific abuse, as well as its conclusions regarding the "blue wall of silence
" (the informal code of loyalty among police).
I suggest that Colon's actions might help other officers appreciate that police loyalty, a core part of the blue wall of silence
, has its limits.
"A Blue Wall of Silence
- False Confessions" David S.
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.