Adrian Schoolcraft was one of those rare, heck nearly mythological, “good cops” who put his money where his mouth is. He recorded the illegal orders of his superiors, and he recorded them when they chewed him out for his “not making the cut”. He was put on foot patrol as “punishment” for not making enough arrests and not writing enough tickets. Eventually the pressure got to him so badly that he had somatic symptoms.
The police department including the commissioner then tried to have him committed once they figured out that he gathered all this evidence.
It was a debacle. And he’s lucky nobody on the force decided to try and have him killed.
Good cops have no reward other than the knowledge that they are serving their country. Bad cops have the wonderful and exclusive rewards of favoritism, not being harassed by their coworkers, and the material benefits of just going ahead and taking people’s shit then intimidating or arresting them when they complain.
What I’m saying is, you’re better off tattling to not-the-governement in any situation of police misconduct, because the ACLU is much better at weeding out police corruption than the police or any governmental agency.
The story of Adrian Schoolcraft is proof that the “thin blue line” is made out of the blood of civilians.