The Blue Shield and Perceptions of the Police.

1. The term blue curtain or blue wall has been associated with police officers protecting one another from internal or external investigations. Why is there such a thing and how prevalent do you think it is? Is a separate society a part of any profession? Do you believe that a civilian review board might better serve the interest of the community when investigating allegations of police misconduct?

2. Since the early days of movies and television, the police have been a central piece of the entertainment industry. From television shows like Adam 12, The Shield, and Hill Street Blues, to movies like Dirty Harry, Training Day, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard, police have entertained audiences for decades. Do you think that these dramas actually portray the police as society views them or as the police see themselves? Further, is violence over represented and glorified by the police in both television and movies? What role do television shows and movies play in the public’s perception of the police?


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