So are you saying you want the instances of abuse drowned out in an abundance of stories about how everything was okay? Should we just overlook when police do bad things because they do a lot of good too?
For me the problem is one of extremes, which can bring these issues dangerously close to that slippery slope of prejudice and intolerance. I for one absolutely do not want the abuses drowned out, but I also want people to keep them in perspective and take care they don't condemn or disparage an entire profession for the sins of a few. When the system fails, or more specifically, when it has been PROVEN to have failed and we have ALL the facts, then yes we better publicize it, talk about it, scrutinize every detail and action, until we figure out what went wrong so we can prevent it from ever happening again. I would also point out that often the loudest voices demanding action in these cases are coming from within the agencies themselves, and this is never recognized by those who rush to judge because much of it takes place out of the public eye, through the slow moving cogs of proper legal channels, and the resolution takes longer than our society's media hungry attention span can handle.
I will also add that I agree 100% with what Silk said...very often silence from these agencies is due to privacy laws or procedural guidelines and they cannot speak out even if they want to. It does not always mean there is a conspiracy or cover up. And yes, I still maintain that the good stories don't nearly get the recognition they so richly deserve, and society would benefit greatly from focusing on them with at least equal intensity.
As an aside, let me ask something of anyone here who distrusts the police...do you trust doctors? If so then I have to ask why, because the number of incidences of medical negligence costing human life are numerous and devastating, and yet it seems most people who distrust the police, still hold the medical profession in high esteem. Just food for thought, and I can't help thinking some people who distrust the police or other similar agencies, really just have issues with, and/or resent, authority in general.