Don't let this put you off a career in law enforcement. Some cops are dicks, most aren't.
Remember that different units/stations have their own culture. Where I work we have 8 Sections, each made up of 10 cops and two shift supervisors (at least one sergeant). While we all work the same area, out of the same station, we do things quite differently. My section performs very well and yet we have the lowest use of force rate or complaints against Police. Same can't be said for the rest.
If you end up working with a group of bullies you'll either let that shit rub off on you or they will see you are different and you'll get transfered.
Don't be affraid to speak up if you think something isn't right. And don't ever lie to save someone elses career. They won't do the same for you.
Good luck with recruiting.
If you really want to serve the public, then you won't be sorry. If you're looking for cool stories and good benefits, then it's not for you.
BTW, there is no excuse for what happened in the video.
I'd beg to differ. When the Department take the position that the officers were "following procedure" in an attempt to defend this blatant assault, ALL cops become dicks. They become the enemy of good people everywhere. If there are indeed but a "few bad apples", why the hell won't all the alleged "good apples" cut the bad ones loose instead of defending them and covering up for them?
Anyway, to the OP don't worry. If you become a LEO in Chicago, at least no one can legally videotape you breaking the law while you kick the shit out of someone. It's illegal to do that in Illinois. I think they have to get some permission slip from you or authorized release.
Concerned citizen: "Excuse me officer O'Malley, could you take a brief moment from violating that suspect's rights so that you can sign this authorization form for me to film you in public committing this crime against our citizens?"
Whereupon Officer O'Malley's fellow "good apples" commence to the kick the shit out of concerned citizen and break his camera.
They all fucking lie for each other. I've lived in and around the big cities most of my damn life and anyone from or familiar with the City has watched, first hand, the abuse and corruption that exists. In Philadelphia alone, they are getting indicted left and right - and that's just the guys that get caught. And they aren't getting caught because the "good apples" are dropping dime. I had an off duty cop working at our little poker room in Philly...and he was as corrupt as they come, and he was no mastermind - I'm sure he was just following the herd.
Not true. The offending officer and the boss who supports him become the dicks.
I've worked for more than one department and have "dropped the dime" before, as have many. I'm not interested in defending someone elses stupidity at the risk of losing my job.
The reason for the good apples not getting rid of the bad apples is that there are bad apples at top too. You change a culture through new blood. Some PDs have never had a problem. Others have turned things around, while some aren't going a thing.
People are always saying dumb stuff like "I once knew this cop and he was a big baddy. Therefore every cop from every part of the cuntry is a big baddy too!"
Before I became a LEO I had a few run-ins with some asshole cops. Luckily for me I realised that, like any other job, you get good ones and the bad ones. I've been around long enough to know that the bad ones don't last very long.