As do I.I really hope that's true. I think the trend is certainly in the right direction, though the entire issue of the "blue wall of silence" really came to a head a few years back. I'll try to find something more recent.
I really hope that's true.
I can only speak to my experiences but I have been around 1000s and 1000s of officers and even now my current job is to train law enforcement all over the country and we get into some pretty deep conversations about policing and its flaws and where we can improve. Especially around race and sexual orientation issues. I see a difference in the midset of today's police vs even 10 years ago. Again some by necessity due to cameras, some by outside pressure from citizens, some because we are just learning to do things better like the victim center approach, better training.
One example is calls for people going through a mental health crisis. Back when I started we had pretty limited ways to resolve these types of calls and almost all of them resulted in Law Enforcement making people do something they didn't want to do like go to a hospital and often times required force. Now tons of departments are starting to have started Crisis Response teams with specially trained officers to better deal with the mental health issues in our communities.
I'm also not naive enough to think we are fixed there will always be people like your son rode with. It's impossible to not have a few bad apples in every profession. The judge in the county next to mine just blew his head off last week because the FBI was raiding his house for Child Porn. I once saw a local ER doc on the to catch a predator show so there will always be that element but at least in my experience, it's pretty few and far between. As law enforcement agencies start paying more and providing better benefits they are able to be more selective in their hiring and it makes people far less likely to cover for someone. In my last police department, I was making 6 figures with OT I would never risk losing that to cover for a bad apple and that tended to be the attitude of most people in my department. In fact, we openly talked about it. Every time we got a new person on the shift we would make comments to that effect Im not going to risk feeding my family for you so you better act right.