Sobering read in Vox by an ex-cop, with this deduction from a veteran police instructor:
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.
This percentage breakdown strikes me as reasonable, not because I have any insider knowledge about policing (I don’t), but because the the same principle is roughly observable in virtually all other spheres: a noble minority, a corrupt minority, and a credulous majority.
Update: The book of Proverbs puts this into Christian terms with its three primary of character types: the wise, the fool, and the simple. Duane Garrett and Kenneth Harris offer definitions of each:1
[The wise] embrace God’s covenant and learn the skill of living out the covenant in everyday situations (cf. Proverbs 2:2; cf. Proverbs 10:1)…
The fool is the person steadily opposed to God’s covenant (cf. Proverbs 1:7b)…
The simple is the person who is not firmly committed, either to wisdom or to folly; he is easily misled (cf. Proverbs 14:15).