Good Cop Files Lawsuit Against Corrupt Department That Told Him ‘If you snitch, your career is done’

Corruption, Courts, Cover-Up, Crime, Police Brutality


“Where are all the good cops?” Critics of police brutality and abuse of power often wonder this – sometimes aloud, often on social media. But there is an answer to that question – it’s not purely rhetorical – the “good cops” are driven out of work by the bad cops.

Far from being “a few bad apples,” Detective Joseph Crystal of the Baltimore Police Department says that he was targeted by other officers for trying to root out corruption.

“If you snitch, your career is done,” one officer told him. He eventually became public enemy No. 1 inside the Baltimore Police Department. But before that, he was considered a rising star in law enforcement.

Crystal was the son of two NYPD cops, and was in charge of his police academy cadet class from the start. With only two years on the force, he was promoted to detective.

“Being a cop was all I ever wanted to do,” he explains. “A dream come true.”

But all of that changed after he came forward to report the 2011 beating of a drug suspect by another officer.

His testimony helped to secure convictions against the officer who beat the suspect and the sergeant who helped. But Crystal says that there was a systemic, pattern of abuse.

“I never imagined that doing the right thing as a cop could cost me so much,” Crystal told reporters from the Daily News.

Now, Crystal is suing the Baltimore Police Department for failing to protect him from retaliation after he outed the bad cops in his department.

Watch the video and interview below…

(Article by Reagan Ali and Jackson Marciana)


  1. this has happened so many times, especially in the past few months. just think, if this cop had 20 of these so called “good cops”, backing him up instead of threatening him, if all of these “good cops” would ban together and report wrong doing in their departments, they could seriously change things. i don’t even think most cops are really bad, but when they stand by and do NOTHING, that makes them culpable in all of it. a department can easily intimidate and scare one cop that tries to do good-it would be almost impossible to do it to 20 or 30 cops.

  2. Require all cops to wear recording video cameras during all hours when they are on the job. If the cameras ever leave their bodies and or if some of their video comes up missing, they are subject to suspension or firing. Problem solved.

  3. So when it’s the 98% of cops ostrasizing a colleague for doing the right thing, how does that NOT make them the bad cops?!?
    As they say, there’s two types of cops – bad cops cops and those who cover for bad cops.

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