Sunday, January 25, 2009

Means "Who Polices the Police?"

From Feministing courtesy of my old pal Matt:

Colorado State University Police Chief:
"women want the dick, even when they say 'no.'

Colorado State University Police Chief Dexter Yarbrough was suspended on a litany of charges, like falsifying police documents - but it was this quote that stuck with me:

Yarbrough told students in a class lecture that "women want the dick, even when they say 'no.' They want the dick."

More here.

Wow. Pretty hardcore. But totally unsurprising when you click through to the original article: this guy Yarbrough comes straight out of The Bad Lieutenant. At least, that's the case if the countless allegations against him, and his non-stop boasting about his misdeeds, turn out to be true. This cop could turn out to be the worst of the worst.

One might wonder how such a man could rise to the rank of university chief of police.

Of course, I, personally, would not be that one wondering. Police departments throughout the land have a collective organizational culture that actually encourages such behavior. Cop hypermasculinity, authoritarianism, us-versus-them attitudes, and intense solidarity in the face of corruption probes make police misbehavior all but inevitable.

As far as I can tell, there are thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of Dexter Yarbroughs out there. And their cop brothers who aren't so evil are willing to go to bat for them just because they're cops. This will never end until we stop looking at these Yarbroughs as "bad apples" and start changing the culture that inspires them.