Ron Martinelli, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 10-01-17
“Blue Bias” has been probably been around since the days of the Roman
Centurions. I think once when I was touring the back streets of
Pompeii, Italy a couple of years ago, I saw some ancient Roman graffiti
that read “Centurion Artimus is a pig.”
I came “On the Job,” as the Vietnam War was winding down and the U.S.
was getting Out of Dodge, so to speak. I was at the university when the
anti-war demonstrations were in their hiatus in the S.F. Bay Area and
other locales. But I caught the tail end of them and more. Black
Panthers, Nazis, KKK; you name it and I was there in riot gear getting
screamed at and ducking the occasional missile coming my way. I had been
told in the police academy that some people don’t like cops, as if I
hadn’t already figured that out before I got sworn in.
Whether I was in or out of uniform, I experienced Blue Bias. Caustic
remarks being made under people’s breath when I was trying to gulp down a
quick meal at Denny’s. Being in the “isolation zone” at parties and
tolerating the “Oh, watch out. Here come the cops” remarks; or getting
“Mad dogged” in the “hood.” Being a cop even cost me a short-lived
Oh, well. Just the hazards of a job I loved, I figured. I’ve always
been an optimistic, centered guy, so I really never lost any sleep over
it. My analogy to myself was that I wasn’t a black guy or a brown guy; I
was a “blue guy.” Back then, it helped me to sympathize with
minorities, gays, overweight people and the assorted “disenfranchised”
in society. Actually, it was a slightly frustrating, albeit important
lesson about life, people and implicit bias behavior.
Contrary to popular thought held by some minorities, leftists and the
MSM; the vast majority of cops are not prejudiced, racist, or
anti-anybody. Cops of both genders, gays (I’m not really an alphabet
soup grouping guy) and ethnicities really don’t think in terms of race,
culture, religion or sexual orientation. They are more primal and tribal
than that. Rather, cops think in terms of nice people, bad people,
criminals, idiots and “a-holes” (a favorite cop term). You see, their
groupings contain no one of color, culture, sex, or religion. It’s a
simple philosophy that works for them. In fact, all of the current and
former cops I know distance themselves from biased cops on the job and
in our personal lives. If you are nice, friendly, respectful and open
with us, we return the sentiments. Most cops are a lot like your
favorite dog. They make great life-long, trustworthy and loyal friends. A
little attention, friendliness and the occasional praise goes a long
way in maintaining the relationship.
If you sense that cops don’t like you, you can rest assured that
their dislike for you has nothing to do with your race, religion or
sexual orientation. Most likely it’s because you fall into one of the
four categories of dislike and you have amply demonstrated your
classification to them.
Contrary to popular belief in some areas of the minority community on
the street cops don’t stop you because they “racially profiled” you;
it’s because they behaviorally profiled you and determined that
you violated a law, or were about to. Cops also know that “violators”
aren’t necessarily criminals and they take that into account when they
approach and speak with you. Many traffic violators get off with a
lecture and a warning. Some misdemeanants as well. It’s all about your
“attitude” during the police encounter.
If people could just turn off their implicit bias and paranoia about
cops, they would be amazed just how easy it is to get along with them.
There would be far less tickets, lengthy detentions, arrests and uses of
force. In fact, in the case studies I am involved in nationally, I can
absolutely assert without any equivocation that if people who committed
simple violations and serious crimes would have simply cooperated with
the police who stopped them, there would be much lower statistics of
people being seriously injured or shot by officers who were trying to
affect an arrest and/or protect themselves from being seriously injured
Do the names Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Carnell
Snell, Antoine Smith or Anthony Lamar Smith, ring a bell? They should
because thousands of people from Blacks Lives Matter to NFL knee-takers
have protested these police-involved deaths. Yet, if you were to
unemotionally and forensically analyze each of these deaths, you would
find that everyone of these people were engaged in felony
crimes, ignored commands, resisted arrest and/or tried to seriously
assault or kill the officers who ultimately were forced to kill them.
The people in this country who deny this are only fooling themselves.
The true facts behind these deaths are out there. The problem is that
the “deniers” who show their “Blue Bias” refuse to accept these
inconvenient truths because it destroys their false narratives that
forwards their implicit bias towards law enforcement.
The dynamic of Blue Bias has increased nationally since the false
narratives of the “Hands-up, don’t shoot” police shooting of Michael
Brown. This bias has permeated national politics and has provided a
growing platform for militant, Marxist anti-police, anti-government
groups like Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party, Antifa, the
Communist Workers Party and others. It has spawned hypocritical, pseudo
so-called “social justice warriors” like former NFL player Colin
Kaepernick and his NFL colleagues who kneel in protest of law
enforcement, while disrespecting our flag, our National Anthem and those
veterans and police who have fought and died to maintain our freedoms
and protect our citizens. Uninformed idiots like Kaepernick, et al.,
ignore that there are far more members of the NFL who have been arrest
for felony crimes than cops arrested for crimes within the ranks of over
900,000 peace officers nationally.
Cowardly employees in stores and restaurants demonstrating their Blue
Bias tamper with officers’ food, refuse them and their families service
and write nasty notes on the receipts and paper coffee cups of officers
they have never met and who have done nothing to them. It’s a growing
The ugly irony is where minorities, gays, transgenders, people of
religion and the infirmed are protected from bias, prejudice and
harassment by our nation’s Bill of Rights; police officers who are the
very protectors of the Rule of Law and civil rights have no such
protections. These officers who fight and die on our streets everyday
protecting us are intentionally insulted, falsely maligned, threatened
and discriminated against by the very people they have sacrificed their
lives and well-being to protect. It’s disgusting. In my next column,
I’ll discuss some options members of the law enforcement community have
to combat “Blue Bias.” Turn in.
About the Author
Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., CMI-V, is a national
renowned forensic criminologist who directs the nation’s only Forensic
Death Investigations & Independent Review Team. Dr. Martinelli, is a
retired San Jose (CA) police detective and a syndicated national
columnist. He is the author of, “The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police” (Amazon.com). His forensic site is: www:DrRonMartinelli.com.