The code of silence, as it is known among police officers, is the unwritten rule that a police officer does not report, complain about, or testify against a fellow police officer. It is also commonly referred to as the “thin blue line.” Any police officer who reports, complains about, or testifies against a fellow police officer is said to have crossed that line.

This Chicago police sergeant was heckled by spectators when he testified in defense of his fellow officers at a Senate Civil Liberties Committee hearing ...

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