Is there any other profession that fights as hard to protect its worst members? Where the mentality becomes us VERSUS them/our clients/citizens? Where interactions become so rigid and one-sided as to continually produce results that undermine the very institution?
Would a pediatrician want to cover up a child molester within their field? Certainly one would want to maintain the credibility and the reputation of their profession by eradicating those who would profane it by definition. I can only suppose that one would only lend support if they wanted such protection themselves (if/when caught).
Social workers, child care workers, nurses, and EMTs all regularly attend to mentally ill, or drunk/high, resistant, or even violent clients. Their professions require them to do so (sometimes at great personal risk) without harming the individual. Their training reflects that respect.
I don’t understand The Thin Blue Line.