I don't have a twitter, and I've seen a lot of negativity shot at Abby (@ybbaaabby) over her recent tweets. I'm not a police officer, but I know quite a few who have become officers over the last few years, some who have been doing this job for 10-20+ years, and others who have retired over the last couple years.
The one thing they all have in common is, they say they do not personally engage in racist activities, but they can all name 2-3 officers (I live in a smallish suburban town near a major city) who do and they can cite specific situations where they've been given wide latitude to act in inappropriate fashions up until they start attracting public scrutiny.
One officer consistently pulled over black people who attempted to enter the town I grew up in. It took almost 3 years for him to be reassigned to another part of town that sees very little traffic, simply because the department was afraid of lawsuits if anyone were to investigate his arrest record. The chief was annoyed, but it was nowhere near worth engaging in a full throated fight against the union to secure his removal.
In the 80s my father and a few friends lived next to a house where a few police officers lived. Those cops liked to play a "prank" on black people some weekends. The white area of my city was separated from the black area by a bridge, and the officers my father lived next to would accost black individuals who crossed said bridge. They would strip them naked, release them, and then officially call them in as "crazed naked Negroes" and then arrest them for real. For fun.
They would have insane cop parties at their house with cop cars parked all over their lawn. Their commanding officer (can't remember if Chief or Lieutenant) was an alcoholic and they would regularly have to convince other district cops to release him when he went cruising through their territory. The most damage he did in his assigned county was taking out a few fences at the local baseball field and burning out his tires on the field.
While I was in college, my group of friends was about half black, and we were constantly harassed by police (my University was somewhat near the more "hickish" areas of my state). The Sargent knew all of our names because we lived on the same floor and would stake out my black friends, but would only scold myself and the other white boys for hanging out with losers/trouble makers.
Everyone I know who has become a police officer is racist. The officers I know who aren't racist don't have the balls to do anything about those who are ruining their reputation because that official complaint ostracizes them from the rest of the team for life and potentially ends their career.
I say all that to say this, if cops want my respect they need to start holding their co-workers accountable right now, otherwise they may as well be pulling the triggers themselves.
And Abby is right.