What are we supposed to believe is a question I always ask. When a corrupt cop is caught, are we supposed to believe that he was caught the very first time he tried to do something wrong? The phrase in fiction is suspension of disbelief, and that would require a level of suspension similar to believing your Uncle really does “got your nose”. Jackie Wilson, in prison for 36 years in cop slaying, freed days after confession tossed Now that the confession that saw him convicted has been thrown out, what case do the police have? Well all the investigative work is by the same group of Detectives who abused him and beat the confession out of him. So in reality, there won’t be another trial. The death of a cop, an event that causes cop lovers on the board and around the nation to well up in tears, or beat the table in fury, will go into the books as an unsolved murder. This is why you as a cop have to play by the rules. If you break a rule once, it bring doubts onto all of your other cases. Even the least important case can affect all the others, the big ones. It may be possible that they did not beat the confession out of Jackie Wilson. But would you believe that the crooked cops beat confessions out of others, but did not touch this guy? The families are angry. The Union is furious, and I would bet that the cops are pissed that a member of their gang was killed and nobody is going to answer for it. Well. The reason is other members of your gang broke the rules, and lied about it. When that happens, everything goes up in smoke eventually. If you see something and say nothing then it is your fault. Just think what could have happened if one cop had sat on the stand in 1982 and said that he witnessed his fellow cops beating a confession out of someone. Those cops could have been fired, or prosecuted. Then the next cops could have investigated the death of your cop buddies, and gotten the conviction fair and square, and the guilty wouldn’t be walking out of prison free men. Along with hundreds of others, and it will probably be thousands of others before long. Perhaps even tens of thousands of others. All because the cops back then kept their mouths shut about the corruption going on. If you wear a badge and are keeping your mouth shut today, it may mean that the people who kill you go free when the corruption you are keeping quiet goes public. I’m happy that this guy is free today. It means that the system works, if belatedly. Perhaps the “good cops” today will learn and speak up. I doubt it but that just means that some cop killer this year, will go free in a decade or two when the corruption is exposed, and it will be the fault of the corrupt, and those who stay silent.