blue wall of silence


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Noun1.blue wall of silence - the secrecy of police officers who lie or look the other way to protect other police officers; "the blue wall cracked when some officers refused to take part in the cover-up"
cover-up - concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public
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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.
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.