I know my statement was very subjective, like how exactly do I define “looking the other way” or “brutality”? I can point to this page that has some very interesting statistics from polls of police officers. Or this cnn article. For me a major thing that convinced me, other than personal experiences, I read a book called What Cops Know years ago. It’s nothing but quotes from interviews with police officers and it talks a lot about this kind of thing. That book makes it seem like crossing the line is relatively commonplace.
I know this is also very subjective, but it’s also my experience in the kitchen industry that makes me think this way. In ten years as a line cook I witnessed numerous health code violations, and an entire town where the restaurant owners all communicated with each other to track the movements of the health inspectors. I did know many cooks who religiously followed health codes but never once met one who was willing to call the health department on their place of employment. I’ve worked in other industries too where the employees just kind of look the other way when things happen. Nobody wants to be a narc when their job might be at stake. This just makes me feel like similar things are likely happening in police departments.