they had to get it on
In life, there are two choices: either he makes a move or you make a move.
Because it's the only way to serve any semblance of justice in the American red-tape bureaucratic Leviathan of a system, while also making money on the side that actually corresponds to the benefit you are providing to the community.
while is a bit too much of an apologia, there is some truth to it
the gangs are basically rival governance structures / power and economic bases
they can be attacked directly (door-kicking), indirectly (infiltration/manipulation/blackmail/extortion), and also in a way that is not really explored by the show but has precedent in real-world events (alteration/reorganization of economic incentives that make the gangs and their activities and investments unprofitable).
the problem in the show, and often in real life, is that there is an implicit and impossible-by-design standard that you are nonetheless expected to uphold
don't break the rules and you are considered to be ineffective and will be passed over or disposed of
break the written or unwritten rules too much or in the wrong way and you're a villain
layered on top of that is interpersonal and political gamesmanship that makes everything negotiable as long as you have enough influence
there is of course also the brute fact that if your opponents can act without law or scruple but you are bound by them, then in the short or long run you simply can't beat them
the show illustrates most of this beautifully by example
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Wow so deep and insightful!!
You haven't heard the half of it
I tried getting my Dad into Shield after introducing him to Breaking Bad. Showed him this episode and he fucking hated it.
Realized later in life that Dad hates cops with a passion. Crooked cops wasn't a draw, it was off putting.
They weren't corrupt (at least not originally). They just did what needed to be done.
That's the dumbest retcon the flashback episode ever brought up
Why didn’t Aceveda mind his own business?
Because they were shit cops otherwise. Its one thing to exploit glitches like any smart street cop but those fucks just said fuck it and used cheat codes.
There's actually a cool prequel episode where Lem enters an arm wrestling match vs the local firemen. Of course, Lem breaks his arm tackling a One Niner.
But the main story is the Strike Team's first time breaking the rules. They got overly excited not by the adrenaline rush, but by just how easy it was to break the law being a Cop. THAT'S what drew them in.
How were they only corrupt cops in all of LA?
They werent but budgets and shiet.
Cinemaphile: Ronnie, Billings
Reddit: Dutch, Claudette, Kavanaugh
Facebook: Vic, Lem
Claudette is too good for Reddit
The time she drops a hard R alone disqualifies her from being reddit.
So many reasons
-Being a good cop is boring, Julian is an example
-Abusing your leverage against lowly criminals is pretty fun
-Hunger for money
Or maybe because it's a show that's based on Rampant scandal so don't think too hard about their motives
Being a corrupt cop was just normal to them. It was JUST JUST ANOTHER DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY
Living the good life!
people become cops because they WANT to abuse power with no consequences.
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