Perhaps they’re doing a good job of showing the truth?
Cops pull tickets for family and friends. It happens. Three cops nearby were recently fired for not arresting a drunk off duty cop for DUI.
The race thing actually feels like us vs them. For me (ya know, not a racist), I see that mentality in the neighborhood I patrol. It’s mostly black and the kids are taught that we’re the bad guys.
I have my prejudice like every other human, but I like to think I base my judgements off of actions, not skin color. I dislike all stupid people equally!
We’re fortunate here and have a group of pastors/reverends who support us. They’re our connection with the community and I think it helps us avoid shit like Ferguson.
A couple years ago an undercover detective shot a black teen with a rifle as he ran towards a school with a gun in his hand. There was a basketball game being played. The kid ran from a traffic stop and a homicide suspect was thought to be in the car. It was a justified shooting by all accounts (video at the school) but it could’ve blown up in a hurry.
In regards to the big events you cited - that’s just bad writing and unrealistic. I see a lot of that in the show - like when Danny and his partner always lead the way for the SWAT team when they make entry. Sorry, folks! Detectives don’t get to play SWAT. They wait at the station/office.