This poll was conducted a few days before the Derek Chauvin verdict. Whatever the outcome means for ACAB, it is at this point hard not to think at the very least ACAF–all cops are fools.
Why would a man subject himself to dangerous situations for a system that won’t think twice about throwing him to the wolves? Or allow himself to be pressed into the modestly-compensated mercenary work of harassing ordinary citizens for made up crimes like ingesting plants, driving ‘too fast’, or not standing far enough away from other people on a playground? If law enforcement is in your blood, find a sane sheriff’s department under the leadership of a person who doesn’t hate his deputies or his constituents and serve there.
Regarding the Chauvin verdict, jurors who may have had reservations about guilt beyond a reasonable doubt were in an impossible position. They could dismiss those reservations and be heroes or entertain them and become dead men walking. The media destroyed their anonymity. The mayor, a senior member of the party that controls Congress, even the president of the country himself, let the jurors know that expressing such reservations would make mark them as enemies of the state. The baying mobs outside made clear sparing the cop’s life would result in the loss of other lives.
It was a real world example of the trolley problem, except on the other side of Chauvin lie the entire city of Minneapolis and all its inhabitants. Whether the cop is an angel, a devil, or something in between becomes immaterial in such a situation. He must die so that others may live.
Perhaps Chauvin deserved the convictions, not just for willingly becoming a cog in an evil machine, but for failing to engage in actions that may have preserved George Floyd’s life. There is no way to know now, though. The unprecedented amount of social, cultural, and political pressure brought to bear on the case has made it impossible.
This is what a narrative-based concept of justice looks like. Prepare accordingly.