I've always said the Blue Wall of Silence is vastly overrated (for reasons I'm not going to get into today).
Do cops get away with murder, literally or figuratively? The short answer is no. Unless, of course, one counts traffic violation and illegal parking as murder.
What I do find interesting is that the NYPD, as reported by Al Baker and Jo Craven McGinty in the Times, arrests an average of 119 officers a year. That's more than two a week. And about four times more than I would have guessed. Is that a lot or a little? I don't know. (But of course if the NYPD were arresting no officers... now that would be worrisome.)
To put this in some perspective (albeit in a way that doesn't really make sense) there is approximately one adult arrest for every 23 residents in New York City. In the NYPD the figure is one in 300. Anybody know the comparable stats for other cities?