Hundreds of off-duty cops showed up in the Bronx on Friday to protest the indictment of corrupt colleagues on ticket-fixing charges. Among the slogans on their signs: “Just Following Orders.” Doesn’t that sound… familiar?
Is it a song lyric, or something? Or a commercial jingle? Oh—wait—I remember now! It’s the way Nazi officers excused their war crimes. That would make sense! If there’s one thing the NYPD is really good at, besides spying on Muslims, framing black people, beating protesters and raping women, it’s public relations. After all, what better way to refute charges of systemic corruption and abuse of power than by borrowing your defense from Nazis?