History Main / BadCopIncompetentCop

15th Apr '18 11:08:05 AM StFan
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Some cops are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]]. Some cops are {{dirty|Cop}}. And some cops are an amazing combination of the two, with a healthy dose of LawfulStupid to go with it. Police suffering from Bad Cop Incompetent Cop are corrupt, useless, [[PoliceBrutality unnecessarily]] [[RabidCop violent]], or just [[{{Jerkass}} complete douchebags]] on a power trip. In this town, TheBadGuysAreCops.

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Some cops are [[PoliceAreUseless useless]]. Some cops are {{dirty|Cop}}. And some cops are an amazing combination of the two, with a healthy dose of LawfulStupid to go with it. Police suffering from Bad Cop Incompetent Cop/Incompetent Cop are corrupt, useless, [[PoliceBrutality unnecessarily]] [[RabidCop violent]], or just [[{{Jerkass}} complete douchebags]] on a power trip. In this town, TheBadGuysAreCops.



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* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' has an entire police force filled with lunatic CowboyCop types who see nothing wrong with destroying private property in pursuit of evildoers. And they're the GOOD guys! [[spoiler:In the manga? They're so bad, that the bad guy gets away scot free... turns out he was the REAL protagonist.]]
* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust. And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.

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* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' has an entire police force filled with lunatic CowboyCop types who see nothing wrong with destroying private property in pursuit of evildoers. And they're the GOOD guys! [[spoiler:In the manga? They're so bad, that the bad guy gets away scot free...scot-free... turns out he was the REAL protagonist.]]
* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And and [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust. And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.



* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'': Gotham PD is almost entirely corrupt, with SWAT teams having no problem in leveling city blocks if they can get away with it.
** There is also Harvey Bullock, who manages to unite both evil AND incompetent (for a corrupt cop whose task is to hinder detective work, this can be an effective combination indeed). (That is before he eventually turns over a new leaf, upgrading into a good and on/off incompetent copper.)

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* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'': Gotham PD is almost entirely corrupt, with SWAT teams having no problem in leveling city blocks if they can get away with it.
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it. There is also Harvey Bullock, who manages to unite both evil AND incompetent (for a corrupt cop whose task is to hinder detective work, this can be an effective combination indeed). (That That is before he eventually turns over a new leaf, upgrading into a good and on/off incompetent copper.)



* Commissaris Bullebas in ''ComicBook/TomPoes''.

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* %%* Commissaris Bullebas in ''ComicBook/TomPoes''.



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--->'''Flass:''' (''after accepting a bribe'') Don't suppose you want a taste? I just keep offering, thinking maybe someday you'll get wise.\\

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--->'''Flass:''' (''after ''[after accepting a bribe'') bribe]'' Don't suppose you want a taste? I just keep offering, thinking maybe someday you'll get wise.\\



* In ''Film/SurLaPisteDuMarsupilami'', the [[LatinLand Chiquito]] policemen aren't very concerned with upholding the law, for example ignoring an attempted mugging a dozen meters away. (And the mugger is ''trying'' to get arrested.)

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* In ''Film/SurLaPisteDuMarsupilami'', ''Film/HoubaOnTheTrailOfTheMarsupilami'', the [[LatinLand Chiquito]] policemen aren't very concerned with upholding the law, for example ignoring an attempted mugging a dozen meters away. (And the mugger is ''trying'' to get arrested.)



* The cops in the ''Literature/DirkGently'' books [[DiscussedTrope claim, deadpan, to be an example]] of this trope. At one point, a detective asks Dirk to go outside and beat himself up, as all the police are too busy to properly brutalize him. [[AvertedTrope In reality]], they're not only pretty decent at their jobs, the same detective is a better ReasonableAuthorityFigure than Dirk, frankly, even ''deserves''.
** There is [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch one glaring exception]] to said aversion in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', however.
*** Well it not like they could write "Died from violating a contract with a devil" on the paperwork now could they?

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* The cops in the ''Literature/DirkGently'' books [[DiscussedTrope claim, deadpan, to be an example]] of this trope. At one point, a detective asks Dirk to go outside and beat himself up, as all the police are too busy to properly brutalize him. [[AvertedTrope In reality]], they're not only pretty decent at their jobs, the same detective is a better ReasonableAuthorityFigure than Dirk, frankly, even ''deserves''.
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''deserves''. There is [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch one glaring exception]] to said aversion in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'', however.
*** Well it
however. Well, it's not like they could write "Died from violating a contract with a devil" on the paperwork paperwork, now could they?
24th Dec '17 10:02:02 PM 64SuperNintendo
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22nd Dec '17 11:05:42 AM LavonPapillon1
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' episode "[[Recap/TrollhuntersS2E12MistrialAndError Mistrial and Error]]", when Claire tries doing the GoodCopBadCop routine to get [=RotGuts=] to tell them about a suspected changeling, Blinky misreads the signals and thinks that he is playing bad cop and proceeds to threaten them with a live dwärkstone.
27th Sep '17 7:07:24 AM TSims
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* The Department of Justice scathing reports on police departments are pretty depressing. Including reports about the aforementioned [[ https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department Chicago PD]].

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* The Department of Justice scathing reports on police departments are pretty depressing. Including reports about the aforementioned [[ https://www.''[[https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department Chicago PD]].PD]]''.
27th Sep '17 7:05:51 AM TSims
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* The Department of Justice scathing reports on police departments are pretty depressing. Including reports about the aforementioned [[ https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-chicago-police-department Chicago PD]].
1st Aug '17 5:08:31 AM TheWanderer
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* ''All'' the cops in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', with the grand exception Ursula, fit this trope. The Highway cops cover incompetent, usually too busy goofing off, and playing games to do their jobs right. The Locals fills out bad. Beside total assheads, they're [[spoiler:running protection for a drug running ring]].

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* ''All'' the cops in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', with the grand exception Ursula, fit this trope. trope to at least some degree. The Highway cops cover are mostly incompetent, and are usually too busy goofing off, and off or playing games to do their jobs right. The Locals fills out bad. Beside total assheads, town police are bad, since they're [[spoiler:running [[{{Jerkass}} unapologetic asshats]] who are more focused on their rivalry with the highway cops than doing their jobs, they're also [[spoiler:corrupt and running protection for a drug running ring]].
22nd Jul '17 7:26:00 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps [[MegaCorp megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.
22nd Jul '17 7:25:25 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally.commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.
22nd Jul '17 7:23:40 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.
12th Jul '17 11:56:40 PM StrangeBro
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* Most of Cole Phelps' partners in ''VideoGame/LANoire'' fall into this: Rusty Galloway is an alcoholic, [[RabidCop violently aggressive]] {{jerkass}}, Roy Earle is an ''extremely'' DirtyCop, and Herschel Biggs is an apathetic burnout who [[ShellShockedVeteran never got over his PTSD from World War I.]] Only Stefan Bekowsky is an honest and hard-working cop, but even he's dismissed by Earle as a "pushover."
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