Rule-of-Law = Police Corruption
Blame the Rule-of-Law for Police Corruption – Everywhere
People and the Western media like to point fingers and offer nasty exposes of the police corruption in Asia and Latin America. The west puffs up and boasts: “Here we have the rule-of-law”. To burst your bubble, they have your ‘rule of law’ in developing nations too and yes, there is police corruption in Asia and Latin America, but it is of an honest sort of police corruption. IE. The police are open and straightforward about the corruption. They hold a hand out after a traffic violation and a driver hands over some cash and it’s a done deal without the courts, lawyers and the pernicious system becoming involved.
Local Police Corruption
Now let’s look at the police corruption in supposedly “civilized” Western nations. The police don’t stick their hands out seeking cash bribes—BUT—there are other forms of payments and one is career advancement. The police officer that meets his/her quota of revenue generated with tickets gets promoted and a pay raise. A ticket ‘quota’ is a government’s crime against its citizens and it contributes to the hidden but still nefarious police corruption in the West.
Quota System is Police Corruption
But ticket quotas aren’t the only form of police corruption in the supposedly civilized parts of the world. Another way police are ‘paid off’ by western governments is with an entrenched protection against prosecution for crimes the police commit—and they regularly commit MANY. Some police crimes are taking sex from prostitutes/speeders in lieu of ticket issuance or arrest and taking money from criminals in return. Police are NOT subjected to ANY investigation either individually or the whole department, except by themselves. Similarly, the entire justice system is NOT up for internal scrutiny, except as looking in a mirror. Let me put it this way. Nobody polices the police and supposed justice is not held to justice. This is NOT a healthy situation. It INVITES police corruption and it rewards corrupt police.
Nobody Polices the Corrupt Police
International Police Corruption
‘When you point at something, there are four curled fingers pointing back.’ That’s a well-worn expression but it is utterly poignant in respects of police corruption. Asia and Latin America do have corrupt police but the corruption problem there would be easier to solve because it’s in the open. The more difficult cure is where everyone knows the police are corrupt but on society’s urging, all pretend to think otherwise. There are corrupt police all over the world because the corruption problem is systemic. The rule-of-aw is a horrible system of justice that facilitates and encourages corruption. We need to replace the rule of law with a better system of keeping public order. Only then will police corruption come to an end.