Friday, April 07, 2006

Another Stop Snitching Campaign

Since Milwaukee police officer Nicole Belmore testified that she saw Frank Jude being beaten by fellow off-duty officers outside of a party in October 2004, she has faced a number of problems at work. She's been called a rat, had doors slammed in her face, lost friends on the force, and even faced a situation where she received no back-up after calling for it while alone on patrol one night.

A Jim Stingl article in today's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more of the troubling details.

But what I want to know is whether the conservative Wisconsin blogosphere will have anything to say about this campaign to stop snitching. Many were absolutely relentless in attacking the stop snitching campaign among some residents in the inner-city, I'm just curious to see if the hostility is the same for this campaign.

So far, nothing but the sound of crickets chirping from the right side of the Cheddarsphere.


Blogger SophiaQ said...

Actually, I thought both Boots and Sabers and Daily Takes criticized the code of silence yesterday. Plus I think I've seen other conservative blogs comment on it today (most recently Ask Me Later).

April 07, 2006  
Blogger Seth Zlotocha said...

Thanks for your comment.

I saw the one Brian at Daily Takes posted today, which went up right about the same time I put my post up (I couldn't find anything from earlier), but I couldn't find anything from Boots and Sabers today or earlier.

I give Sykes credit for covering it in his radio program, although there isn't anything about it in his blog.

But the level of outrage about the citizen stop snitching campaign is significantly higher than the reaction to the police code of silence, which resembles more disappointment than outrage.

When it comes to the police, they frame it around the fact that most police officers are good, decent people--something that's undoubtedly true.

However, when it comes to the citizen campaign, people like Sykes frame them as "thugs" and never gives credit to the majority of citizens in the inner-city who are cooperative with authorities and are searching for ways within the own communities to stop crime.

In other words, the inference is that most police are good people while most in the inner-city are not; thus, the police one is more of an anomaly, while the inner-city one is par for the course.

Just listen to the "Breaking the Police Code of Silence" segment on Sykes' website and take another look at Brian's post on it. It doesn't get any more gentle for those guys.

I do give them credit for mentioning something about it, though. It's more than I expected when writing this post late last night.

April 07, 2006  

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