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22nd Aug '16 3:58:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': [[{{Protagonist}} Wei Shen]], an undercover cop within the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Sun On Yee Triad]], is feared to be this by his superiors, who believe that he may go rogue and fully defect to the Triad. Given his belligerent attitude and his propensity for violent and illegal actions that often go beyond simply maintaining his cover (especially when ItsPersonal), these fears are well-founded. [[spoiler:Subverted with the outcomes to Inspector Teng's investigations, the ending cutscene and the "Year of the Snake" DLC, which show that he really is a cop first, albeit a very reckless CowboyCop.]]

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[[{{Protagonist}} Wei Shen]], an undercover cop within the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Sun On Yee Triad]], is feared to be this by his superiors, who believe that he may go rogue and fully defect to the Triad. Given his belligerent attitude and his propensity for violent and illegal actions that often go beyond simply maintaining his cover (especially when ItsPersonal), these fears are well-founded. [[spoiler:Subverted with the outcomes to Inspector Teng's investigations, the ending cutscene and the "Year of the Snake" DLC, which show that he really is a cop first, albeit a very reckless CowboyCop.]]



* SawIIFleshAndBlood: Jigsaw goes after a ring of corrupt cops who've been illicitly selling medical supplies like drugs, along with the doctors and nurses who set them up.
* ''TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': just about any Hold Guard could be dirty since, with the right perks and quests completed, you can persuade or bribe them into looking the other way when you commit a crime or inform them that you're a member of a particular group (say, the Thieves' Guild), but special mention goes to the guards in Markarth (who frame you for a murder and throw you in maximum security prison as part of a quest) and Riften (whose first interaction with you is to try and shake you down).

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* SawIIFleshAndBlood: ''VideoGame/SawIIFleshAndBlood'': Jigsaw goes after a ring of corrupt cops who've been illicitly selling medical supplies like drugs, along with the doctors and nurses who set them up.
* ''TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': just about any Hold Guard could be dirty since, with the right perks and quests completed, you can persuade or bribe them into looking the other way when you commit a crime or inform them that you're a member of a particular group (say, the Thieves' Guild), but special mention goes to the guards in Markarth (who frame you for a murder and throw you in maximum security prison as part of a quest) and Riften (whose first interaction with you is to try and shake you down).
21st Aug '16 10:02:59 AM Hanz
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** FBI Agent Kim Evans is by all appearances an idealisitic Good Cop, but is (reluctantly) willing to commit crimes, obstruct the investigation, and outright murder witnesses when ordered to do so by the director of the FBI, supposedly for The Greater Good (although it turns out most of her crimes were the result of her being mislead by the director).

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** FBI Agent Kim Evans is by all appearances an idealisitic Good Cop, but is (reluctantly) willing to commit crimes, obstruct the investigation, and outright murder witnesses when ordered to do so by the director of the FBI, supposedly for The Greater Good (although it turns out most of her crimes were the result of her being mislead by the director).director, who's the cartel's mole).
6th Aug '16 6:37:22 PM ANTMuddle
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Why they're in front of bars and not behind them, no one knows. The dirty cop often appears as a villain in both {{Cop Show}}s and {{Criminal Procedural}}s. [[PoliceBrutality Brutal]], fascist, and often on the take from the local mob or worse, this cop makes most criminals and prisoners look like...well, saints.

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Why they're in front of bars and not behind them, no one knows. The dirty cop often appears as a villain in both {{Cop Show}}s and {{Criminal Procedural}}s. [[PoliceBrutality Brutal]], fascist, and often on the take from the local mob or worse, this cop makes most criminals and prisoners look like... well, saints.



See BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord, CutHimselfShaving, RabidCop, NobleBigotWithABadge, PrisonRape, CorruptHick, LawmanGoneBad, etc. (especially CowboyCop). If a cop's framed as one of these, it's PoliceBrutalityGambit. If a cop outright murders people, you've got a KillerCop. A dirty cop who gets sent to prison probably becomes a PariahPrisoner, hated by regular inmates.

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See BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord, CutHimselfShaving, RabidCop, NobleBigotWithABadge, PrisonRape, CorruptHick, LawmanGoneBad, etc. (especially CowboyCop).CowboyCop and TheBadGuysAreCops). If a cop's framed as one of these, it's PoliceBrutalityGambit. If a cop outright murders people, you've got a KillerCop. A dirty cop who gets sent to prison probably becomes a PariahPrisoner, hated by regular inmates.



* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' would sometimes feature Dirrty Cops who thought they could manipulate the crew for their own ends. This always ended badly for them. D.I. Fisk in "Curiosity Caught the Kat" is a typical example.

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* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' would sometimes feature Dirrty Dirty Cops who thought they could manipulate the crew for their own ends. This always ended badly for them. D.I. Fisk in "Curiosity Caught the Kat" is a typical example.



* Crops up so often in Starsky & Hutch that it sometimes seems like the titular characters spend just as much time fighting off their fellow cops as they do civilian criminals. In fact, it sometimes take quite a while for a crook to realize that they're not being coy when they insist that they can't be bought, which doesn't cast a very good light on the BCPD.

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* Crops up so often in Starsky & Hutch ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' that it sometimes seems like the titular characters spend just as much time fighting off their fellow cops as they do civilian criminals. In fact, it sometimes take quite a while for a crook to realize that they're not being coy when they insist that they can't be bought, which doesn't cast a very good light on the BCPD.
6th Aug '16 7:56:11 AM Hanz
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* Masayoshi Tanimura, one of the protagonists from ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 4'', is far from squeaky-clean: he plays mahjong on company time and shakes down businesses exploiting migrant work (the latter of which, he does to support his extended family in Little Asia).

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* Masayoshi Tanimura, one of the protagonists from ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 4'', is far from squeaky-clean: he plays mahjong on company time and shakes down businesses exploiting migrant work (the latter of which, he does to support his extended family in Little Asia). When push comes to shove however, he's definitely heroic, especially compared to [[spoiler:his mentor Suguichi, who's a Yakuza mole and Deputy Commissioner Munakata, who has been using resources to build secret prisons]].
3rd Aug '16 10:49:39 PM PaulA
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* The Stockholm police force in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' novels has its share of Dirty Cops. Evart Bäckström himself, who arranged a new identity for a notorious criminal who wanted to reinvent himself, and who remains amenable to providing little favours in return for a consideration. Even [[MistakenForGay Annika Carlsson]] arranges a bonus for herself when several million krone in used notes appear as evidence retrieved from a crime scene. Left alone with money that hasn't been counted yet, she spirits away a hundred thousand or so in high-denomination banknotes. She hides the money in [[VictoriasSecretCompartment a very secure place]]. And that's on top of all the little short-cuts and perks that make police life easier.

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* The Stockholm police force in the ''Series/{{Backstrom}}'' ''Literature/{{Backstrom}}'' novels has its share of Dirty Cops. Evart Bäckström himself, who arranged a new identity for a notorious criminal who wanted to reinvent himself, and who remains amenable to providing little favours in return for a consideration. Even [[MistakenForGay Annika Carlsson]] Carlsson arranges a bonus for herself when several million krone in used notes appear as evidence retrieved from a crime scene. Left alone with money that hasn't been counted yet, she spirits away a hundred thousand or so in high-denomination banknotes. She hides the money in [[VictoriasSecretCompartment a very secure place]]. And that's on top of all the little short-cuts and perks that make police life easier.
3rd Aug '16 9:16:50 PM FactoidCow
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* Played with in ''Film/TheBigEasy''. As Creator/RogerEbert put it, "[[=McSwain=]] is an honest cop in the ways that really count and a dishonest cop in small ways he has been able to rationalize." To Anne, who is campaigning against corruption, it looks a lot worse than it probably is.
27th Jul '16 3:51:55 PM nombretomado
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* TheBBC Radio 4 ''Out of the Blue'' is about a police conspiracy to create a riot at a peaceful demonstration, with the intent of increasing police powers and overthrowing the government. [[spoiler: The heroic copper spreads the word to the protestors, who are ready to make citizens' arrests of the ''agents provocateur'' as soon as they start causing trouble. Meanwhile, he arrests the deep undercover officer whose been inciting an environmental group, in full view of the man's "comrades".]]
* TheBBC Radio 4 drama ''G.F. Newman's The Corrupted'', set in 60s London, features a succession of police officers who basically run a protection racket in partnership with local gangsters.

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* TheBBC Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 ''Out of the Blue'' is about a police conspiracy to create a riot at a peaceful demonstration, with the intent of increasing police powers and overthrowing the government. [[spoiler: The heroic copper spreads the word to the protestors, who are ready to make citizens' arrests of the ''agents provocateur'' as soon as they start causing trouble. Meanwhile, he arrests the deep undercover officer whose been inciting an environmental group, in full view of the man's "comrades".]]
* TheBBC The BBC Radio 4 drama ''G.F. Newman's The Corrupted'', set in 60s London, features a succession of police officers who basically run a protection racket in partnership with local gangsters.
24th Jul '16 12:31:49 PM SomberCaelifera
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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' Captain Renard who secretly has connections with the Wesen world, and is secretly [[spoiler: Wesen himself]]. This is due to him being a member of a secret royal family of Wesens who control the Wesen world, but Renard is a white sheep among them, [[spoiler:as he is secretly working in a resistance against them.]]

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* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' Captain Renard who secretly has connections with the Wesen world, and is secretly [[spoiler: Wesen himself]]. This is due to him being a member of a secret royal family of Wesens who control the Wesen world, but Renard is a white sheep among them, [[spoiler:as he is secretly working in a resistance against them.]] Later, the entire North Precinct works for Black Claw, a group trying to create a world run by Wesen, something that had been tried before. [[spoiler:By Hitler.]]
23rd Jul '16 1:37:22 PM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/BJAndTheBear'' and ''Sheriff Lobo'': The title character of the latter series, who in the former show tried to put truck driver B.J. [=McCay=] out of business by pinning various crimes on him. In his own series, Lobo always tried to manipulate various schemes to his advantage.

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* ''Series/BJAndTheBear'' and ''Sheriff Lobo'': The title character of the latter series, who in the former show tried to put truck driver B.J. [=McCay=] out of business by pinning various crimes on him. In his own series, Lobo always tried to manipulate various schemes to his advantage.advantage, although in the end he would always come up with a way to stop crime.
22nd Jul '16 7:38:39 AM dmcreif
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* Cpt. [=McCluskey=] in ''Film/TheGodfather'', who is less a cop as he is an assassin and enforcer for a rival mob family.

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* Cpt. [=McCluskey=] in ''Film/TheGodfather'', who is less a an NYPD cop as he is an a glorified assassin and enforcer for a rival mob family.



* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', practically half of the cops in the New York City Police Department's 15th Precinct are in Wilson Fisk's pocket. Not only does Fisk use them to kill off associates who have become liabilities (and ensure no NYPD investigations are opened into his activities), but they're so dirty that they're willing to actively murder fellow officers who aren't on the take or who have become liabilities.

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* In ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', practically half of the cops in of the New York City Police Department's NYPD's 15th Precinct are in Wilson Fisk's pocket. Not only does Fisk use them to kill off associates who have become liabilities (and ensure no NYPD investigations are opened into his activities), but they're so dirty that they're willing to actively murder fellow officers who aren't on the take or who have become liabilities. liabilities themselves. In a touch of irony, it is one of these corrupt cops, Detective Carl Hoffman, guilt-ridden over being forced to kill his partner and best friend Detective Christian Blake on Fisk's orders, who is responsible for giving up information that allows the FBI to apprehend Fisk and all of his top associates.


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** Danny Reagan is a borderline case. He's not the "plant evidence" or "kill unarmed criminals" type, but he ''has' done illegal things that in real life would get him swiftly terminated from the NYPD, and has faced [[KarmaHoudini little comeuppance for his behavior]]. Examples include ''intentionally'' stopping a medical tube for an old man because he ''thought'' he had information, threatening to put a bullet in the back of a robber's head -- ''when the said robber was cuffed and unarmed'', and putting a suspect in the trunk of his car and driving like crazy to get said suspect to talk. And the list goes on.


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** Frank loathes dirty cops as a whole, considering them a disgrace to good police in general and the NYPD as a whole, due to the damage they do to public trust, and of course what the Blue Templar did to Joe. What's notable is how low-key he is about it. He doesn't raise his voice and his expression barely changes even though it's abundantly clear how furious he is. When he confronted the ones responsible for Joe's death at the end of the first season, it's almost terrifying how calm he looks during the entire exchange. He only loses his cool for a moment when he knocks some things off the top of a cabinet, which is also one of the few times he raises his voice. He's not shouting either, he raises it the way people do when they want to make sure they're heard.


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** The top brass, under pressure from City Hall to decrease crime by any means necessary, begin juking the stats, putting quantity of arrests over quality.
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