Cops Quotes

Help! Police!

A policeman is someone who writes your name down after you’ve been robbed.

Russell Baker

It would surprise no independent observer if the motto, In God we trust, were one day expunged from the coins of the republic by the Junkers at Washington, and the far more appropriate word, Verboten, substituted. Nor would it astound any save the most romantic if, at the same time, the goddess of liberty were taken off the silver dollars to make room for a bas relief of a policeman in a spiked helmet.

H. L. Mencken

The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-by to the Bill of Rights.

H. L. Mencken

Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges.

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

As a rule, cops didn’t lie to other cops the way they lied to practically everyone else.

Grift Sense

I’m my own police.

City of Industry

We are the police.

Havana

The state torturer has teamed with a Mafia assassin to kill Castro. They’ve missed Castro but butchered a square block. “We’d better get out of here before the police come,” says the wise guy. The torturer blinks at him: “We are the police.”I didn’t need to worry about communists though — the police were enough for me.

A Red Death

I was quite overcome with astonishment, Major Scobie, to sit in a police court and hear true facts from the mouths of policemen.

Graham Greene

Policeman’s Wisdom [hardscrabble Arkansas, 1955]

Let the niggers go their own way, as long as they don’t get in our way.

Stephen Hunter, Black Light

Should the police actually succeed in eliminating all crime, they will simultaneously succeed in eliminating themselves as a necessary adjunct to society, and no organized force or power will ever eliminate itself willingly.

Sir James Wheatstone

Cops are paid by the owners, not by the tenants.


The police offer firm leadership in their contempt for the law.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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