Quotes / Dirty Cop

Comic Books

It's not as bad as it looks. Especially if you're a cop. Cops got it made in Gotham.
Arnold Flass, Batman: Year One

They paid a few Transients off to start some trouble, deliberately marring a non-violent demonstration. Spontaneous violence, the only excuse Civic Center would have to send in the riot cops. These people are bleeding down there for a scam.

Itís a show of power. How dare anybody ignore the authority of Civic Center? How dare a bunch of freaks try to think for themselves? So letís go out and stomp on children, lunatics, and incompetents, because by damn it makes our balls feel big.


Sue Barlow: (slaps him) You're a disgrace, Marshal Poole. You always have been.
Sheriff Poole: I know it. That's just the way it is.

We're supposed to call them cops. But everyone knows who they work for and what it takes to keep them happy.
Marv, Sin City: The Hard Goodbye

Ryan: You know, it does me no good to hand over the video tape and then you guys turn around and take us out.
Greer: I swore I wouldn't do that.
Ryan: Like you swore "to protect and serve"?

We're the police, sweetheart. Your civil liberties are about to be violated.

I'm talking about a crooked cop, a dishonest cop, who got mixed up in drug rackets and got what was coming to him.
Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Oh, I know. "It's a free country and I ain't got the right." But I got a badge. What've you got?
Officer Krupke, West Side Story

In this city, every cop must make a choice. You either grows corrupt, leaves out or go to war.
Cpt. Nascimento, The Elite Squad

Dredd: What's the price of a Judge these days?
Lex: Million. Split four ways.
Lex: Suits me.
Dredd: Doesn't sound like much, to betray the law. To betray the city.
Lex: Save that shit for the rookies. Twenty years I've been on the streets. You know what Mega City One is, Dredd... it's a fuckin' meat grinder. People go in one end and meat comes out the other. All we do is turn the handle.
Judge Dredd, Dredd

Constable Mulraney: But... my allegiance is to the law. I'm paid to uphold the law.
Bill the Butcher: What in heaven's name are you talking about?


Beating people up in little rooms... he knew where that led. And if you did it for a good reason, you'd do it for a bad one. You couldn't say "we're the good guys" and do bad-guy things.
Sam Vimes, Thud! (a Deconstruction of the trope)

Live-Action TV

You know, it's a wonder how that badge stays on, when it's pinned to slime.
Carl Winslow, Family Matters

Kojak: It's the badge, You used it, Nick. And that's not what it's there for. It's not a credit card.
Ferro: It was personal. What's the matter, a cop can't be human? he can't be like other people?
Kojak: You tried it. What's your answer?
Kojak, "Web of Death"

In some neighborhoods, posing as a dirty cop is a great way to confiscate information. It gives you the authority that comes with a badge, and invokes the fear that comes with being a criminal.
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

The corruption in this city is so thick, the police dogs are taking chew toys as bribes.
Gunter, Bullet in the Face

No-one loves a bent copper.
Doyle, The Professionals

Stand-up Comedy

Police got a 'chokehold' they use out here though, man. They choke niggers to death. That mean you be dead when they're through...'Oh shit, he broke. Can you break a nigger? Is it okay? Let's check the manual. Yep, page 8: You can break a nigger. Right there, see?'
Richard Pryor

Tabletop Games

You came to know your power intimately, just as you came to know the preening women in stilettos and fishnets who would kneel before you in alleyways, servicing you free of charge lest you drag them kicking and screaming before the duty sergeant to face a charge of soliciting. You came to savor the kick of crack as you inhaled, lighter-flame dancing before your bloodshot eyes. You came to depend upon the money you took in return for looking the other way.
You never thought of yourself as the bad guy, much less "evil." Hell, you never even thought of yourself as corrupt. From the talk around the station, you knew that sooner or later, every cop bent a little in the wind - bent or broke.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Setites

Video Games

Don't make me laugh. Just because someone joins the police force doesn't make them some kinda 'agent of justice'. Know why I applied? So I could legally carry a gun. That's all. You'd be surprised how many are like that.
Det. Tohru Adachi, Persona 4

Well, a criminal resists and they get shot! Just another day in paradise.
Det. Trapp, Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 2

You got the money? Is it all here? I know what you're thinking. Another bent cop! Well, it's a bent world. Just 'cause I lost a few partners, those suckers from internal affairs have started sniffing around. Reckon they can smell me! Well, this city is just one big open sewer.
Ray Machowski, Grand Theft Auto III

Leon McAffrey: You greaseballs wanna put holes in each other, I don't give a shit. All I care about is my cut.
Toni Cipriani: (revolted) Oh, I love a man of principle.
McAffrey: Well, me too. I go to all the memorial services in fast cars with hot broads. My CUT!! Where is it?!

Frank Tenpenny: This is a weapon, Officer Pulaski, that was used to gun down a police officer not 10 minutes ago. Officer Pendelbury. A fine man, I might add. You work fast, nigga!
Carl "C.J." Johnson: You know I just got off the plane.
Eddie Pulaski: It's a good thing we found you and retrieved the murder weapon.

I swear, the Arl's men are worse than the criminals we occasionally arrest. Some of them are the criminals we arrest.
Sergeant Kylon, Dragon Age: Origins

No one's playing games with you Mr. Marston. But if we were to play some games, it would be some interesting ones we could play: like hanging you for murder, or confiscating all your property — like that little farm of yours — or! Or! Having you put in an electric chair! Those are the sort of games we could play.
—Federal agent Edgar Ross, Red Dead Redemption

The truth is everyone wants the license to get a little dirty now and then. Our job is to keep it manageable.
Roy Earle, L.A. Noire

Web animation

We stare racism right in the face as the camera swings up from Jimmy who has bled to death by gunshot wounds and experience Benny getting a vicious beating at the hands of the police (the authority figures!). It's shockingly graphic and (Avery) Brooks never shies away from the violence...Very cleverly he films some of this scene from our POV so it is literally the audience that is getting beaten up.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "Far Beyond the Stars"

The biggest street gang in America.

The whole point of having police officers is to maintain law and order, which means they become useless when they decide to arm themselves like a bunch of space soldiers in Halo, roam the streets, aim their rifles at everyone they see, and choke out asthmatic black men. This is bad police work! This is not how you police. We'd be better off arming our cops with lollipops.
Drew Magary, "The 30 Least Influential People of 2014"

Their manner of speech and the act itself felt incredibly adolescent, as if a scene out of high school. They wanted to show us their gun, show us they were in charge and revel in our submission.

The worst part? There was nothing I could do. I asked Ty if it was a good idea for me to go after them and get their badge numbers. He said sure, if I wanted to spend a night in jail.
Wes Siler, "A Cop Tried to Kill My Dog Last Night"

The cops don't know or care that there are gay people who are tops, bottoms, versatile, or something in between. They know and care even less about consent. They believe that if you're gay, it means you enjoy sucking any dick you stumble upon. And the actions of terrified people under duress seem to confirm their biases. If the choice is 'Give a hopefully intentionally terrible blow job' or 'have drugs planted on you and go to prison forever,' you tend toward the former.

Western Animation

Roger: Takin' what I want, when I want! Plus, I'm a sociopath, so, you know, all this fits me like a slipper.
Stan: Oh my God, Roger's a dirty cop! And he's only been on the force for 3 hours!

Do you seriously think the police would accept a bribe? If we wanted that necklace, we'd just steal it from the evidence locker!
Chief Wiggum, The Simpsons

Smithers: Shouldn't we call the police?
Mr. Burns: Every last one is on the take! And I should know, I'm the one on the give.

Real Life

If ultimately one sides with the police against the gangsters, it is merely because they are better organized and more powerful, because, in fact, the law is a bigger racket than crime.
George Orwell, "Raffles and Miss Blandish"

I stood there dumbly wondering what to do. Right in front of me, two men were being knocked about by four men who were, quite simply, enjoying their work. I was also witness to the fact that the victims had not resisted arrest, which of course would be the police explanation for what happened. Cravenly, I got back into the cab. I asked my driver if he would be a witness with me. He shook his head sadly. 'I don't want no trouble. This is a mighty dirty town.'
Gore Vidal, "Police Brutality"

...the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of Ďproperty damageí to wit did transfer blood to the uniform.
Ferguson Police Department (MI), charge sheet for suspect Henry Davis, 1.20.29

In a moral system, they could have become good officers, but in our system, well, they became the guys they became. Itís a shame the system breaks people like this.
Alexei Kondaurov, former K.G.B.-turned Putin critic