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Tuesday, (Feb 12, 2013) Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old NYPD officer was convicted of plotting to kidnap, rape, torture, and eat at least 100 women. Authorities first got wind of his plans through detailed comments he made in online chats to alleged co-conspirators. Though the chat transcripts were suspicious, this in and of itself might be forgiven by most reasonably intelligent people as pure fetish fantasy.
However, according to prosecutors Valle did more than what the Sci-Fi authors George Orwell and Phillip K. Dick called “thoughtcrime” (1984) and “precrime” (The Minority Report), respectively. He actually took concrete steps to carry out his gruesome scheme (allegedly). According to NBCNews.com Valle ” … looked up potential targets on a restricted law enforcement database, searched the Internet for how to knock someone out with chloroform, and showed up on the block of one woman.”
“[Valle] looked up potential targets on a restricted law enforcement database, searched the Internet for how to knock someone out with chloroform, and showed up on the block of one woman.”
In one of his chats he even allegedly planned to abduct and roast a woman in time for a grisly Thanksgiving dinner. No women were ever abducted.
Many of you are looking at this, I’m sure, and saying “He’s abominable! How could he do that?” Some of you are saying “We need more laws to stop people like this!” Perhaps that is true, but consider what it would mean if both of you are wrong, and this is an innocent man who was set up because he knew too much about his colleagues and superiors. Remember, there is a long history of police protecting their own (“blue code of silence“), especially New York cops. The only cops that ever get accused or convicted of something big are usually the whistle-blowers who try to report internal corruption, like the recently late US Marine and former police officer Chris Dorner.
Much of what a University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Political Science study found in a recent report about Chicago police officers can easily be applied to other large law enforcement organizations including Los Angeles and New York police departments. In a nutshell, they
“The ‘rotten apple’ theory won’t work any longer.
Corrupt police officers are not natural-born criminals, nor morally wicked men, constitutionally different from their honest colleagues. The task of corruption control is to examine the barrel, not just the apples –the organization, not just the individuals in it –because corrupt police are made, not born.”
— NYC Police Commissioner Patrick Murphy (FBI law enforcement bulletin, Volume 70, 2001)
determined that the “bad apple” theory — that a bad cop was born that way which in no way means the whole department is bad — is bogus. Rather, they demonstrated that over 50 years, large police departments have systematically created, sheilded, and fostered corruption in their department — much the same way the Catholic Church has shielded child molesters in their clergy for at least a century.
University of Illinois study on Police Corruption (click to download pdf)
“Police officers often resist reporting crimes and misconduct committed by fellow
officers. The ‘blue code of silence,’ while difficult to prove, is an integral part of the department’s culture and it exacerbates the corruption problems.”
“Internal and external sources of authority, including police superintendents and
Mayors, have up to now [January 2013] failed to provide adequate anti-corruption oversight and leadership.”
— University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Political Science (2013)
I don’t know what officer Valle was thinking — no one knows but him. I don’t know if he is guilty of what he is accused of, or if he was set up. All I can say is this: If you believe this guy was really going to cook and eat women, and you agree with the University of Illinois’s findings that there is no such thing as “one bad apple”, and that rather, where you find one you will find systematic corruption in the department, then one must honestly ask the question “How many other NYPD officers are cannibals?”
– Kristobaldude (March 15, 2013)