Good Cops and Bad Cops

Egyptian policeman receives a warm welcome

the pest is always full of dry standard nonsense that he mistakes for self-wisdom. some of his favorite remarks are:

“there is no such thing as ALL bad. you say that all cops are bad. well they’re not. I’ve met some good ones. there is such a thing as a good cop.”

you never get a chance to explain to him that when a man puts that uniform on that he is the paid protector of things of the present time. he is here to see that things stay the way they are. if you like the way things are, then all cops are good cops. if you don’t like the way things are, then all cops are bad cops.

 Charles Bukowski
Notes on the Pest
Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972)

Photo by Amr Nabil/Associated Press: An Egyptian policeman receives a warm welcome by pro-Mubarak supporters in Cairo, Egypt on February 1, 2011, three days after Egypt’s largest anti-Mubarak protests. The Mubarak regime fell ten days later.

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