@Shamar @Robby@forreal.masto.host @rachelmack The problem comes when cops pretty much ARE the mafia, as they have become in the USA many places: an armed occupation by outside thugs who brutalize the people they should protect.
And of course you are correct that omertá is bad. In the USA some city people say, “snitches lay in ditches”, a threat of murder to any who report.
But in a country where cops are as likely to kill any reporter, there is no easy answer.
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