Fictional vs. real-world characters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:03

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

The series Blue Bloods is my go-to-show in our Netflix subscription.

My spirit is always uplifted whenever I watch the show that chronicles the day-to-day work life of the Reagan family.

The whole family, except for retired Pop and the still-in-school young generation, are engaged in law enforcement.

Pop is a retired Police Commissioner of New York City. His son, Frank,  is the incumbent Police Commissioner and his children is consists of a detective, an assistant district attorney (ADA) and another son, a law graduate, who is a cop on the beat in the city.

I love the narrative device of having the whole family sit down for Sunday dinner and having active conversations at the table about the legal, ethical and practical  aspects of law enforcement.

One particularly provocative episode in the series is the one where a well-respected police officer and his wife  were gunned down in broad daylight and the murder was ordered by the leader of a criminal gang leader.

Only one witness could identify the killer but he was reluctant to spill the beans because he would be a sure target for murder by  the gang.

Danny Reagan, the detective, was assigned to the case but he felt hamstrung by his father, the Police Commissioner and his sister, the ADA, who both wanted to make sure that the case followed the book so it could be successfully prosecuted and not have evidence thrown out during the trial because of a technicality.

And this was where I could sense the huge relevance of our own police cases and how they are being investigated and prosecuted, particularly in cases involving illegal drugs.

I realized that the show is fictional, and yet, I also know that what is presented as fiction is actually an ideal situation that we should strive for if genuine justice is what we want to be seen and practiced in our society.

In the show, there are some bad eggs in the New York Police Department (NYPD), but they get into the narrative as an example of what the NYPD does to them.

Recent reports in the media can make one want to cry.

Police with the Police Officer (PO) and Senior Police Officer (SPO) ranks have been dismissed or suspended or penalized for various offenses.

One report said that of the 190,000 in the country’s police force 1,898 (or nearly 1%) have been dismissed, 3589 (nearly 2%) have been suspended. The report said that only 409 have been penalized.

These are not the statistics to inspire us to run our own Blue Bloods version.

How about the nearly 1% who have been dismissed – what was their offense? Should dismissal in service be considered adequate punishment?

Or are they within the group that President Duterte promises to kill should he hear that they are engaged in wrongful activities again.

A president promising to kill? Now that is something novel.