Except as specifically indicated, Copwatch.com does not necessarily support or oppose any particular viewpoint expressed by the contributing artists. The editorial comments (if any) that accompany these illustrations were written by “Angela”, a Copwatch.com intern, and do not necessarily reflect the official editorial position of Copwatch.com. These comments are not directed at any specific individuals, but at the field of law enforcement in general.
Some of the artwork displayed below may be considered stereotypical, insulting, or otherwise offensive. We publish such artwork because it constitutes a very understandable response to current conditions. As long as bad cops go unpunished, as long as bad policies are pursued, as long as bad laws are enacted and enforced, then the resulting frustration and anger of the people will inevitably be expressed in disturbingly graphic terms (pun intended).
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ABOVE: This picture was submitted by "Maryland Speedster".
Yet another fantastic piece of work by this extraordinarily talented artist.
It's an ubiquitous sight-- a cop speeding down the freeway, well in excess of the posted speed limit, with no siren, and no flashing lights. Where are they going? Why are they permitted to travel at any velocity they deem fit, while we commoners are subjected to all sorts of arbitrary speed restrictions and excessive monetary penalties? If it’s dangerous for us to exceed the speed limit, why isn't it dangerous for them? Are they such excellent drivers that they can defy the laws of physics with impunity? (A purely rhetorical question, since it's obvious, in light of the official statistics, that they are FAR from being excellent drivers). The sheer hypocrisy of these assholes is beyond belief. The next time you see a cop driving like a maniac, call the State Patrol and report the time, the location and/or the approximate milepost number, the license number of the cop car, the race and sex of the driver and any passengers, the direction he was headed, and any relevant driving conditions. Theoretically, the State Patrol is required to ascertain whether the officer was responding to an emergency. If you’re up for a little investigating, it’s often enlightening to follow one of these wannabe race-car drivers to their destination. All too frequently, they’re simply heading for the local eatery. When you observe this phenomenon yourself, send us a picture of the offending officer/vehicle, and tell us your story.
ABOVE: Another masterpiece by "Maryland Speedster".
Does the Sistine Chapel need repainting?
If you need more evidence that cops are not good drivers, enroll yourself in this well-known traffic-safety program. If you survive, you’ll be fully qualified to drive like a cop. Through rigorous training, it will become second nature to drive recklessly, exceed the speed limit gratuitously, tailgate, park in locations that are guaranteed to create traffic jams, crash into stationary objects, and engage in exciting high-speed pursuits of non-violent offenders (while simultaneously endangering- and perhaps even killing- innocent members of the public). Among other benefits of this fine program are these-- your insurance premiums will never go up, no matter how many accidents you cause; other cops will never ticket you, no matter how recklessly you drive; and perhaps best of all, you can stop pretty women, and threaten them with jail unless they have sex with you.
ABOVE: Another gem from “Maryland Speedster”.
Sometimes you’ve got to feel sorry for the cops. Just think of the honorable tasks they selflessly perform while heroically attempting to protect society: they hang out in uniforms which attract skanks like garbage attracts flies; they coerce sex from frightened women who are desperate to avoid jailtime; and they take prurient pictures of drunken, half-naked sorority chicks. It’s a very, very tough job, and one for which only the most morally upstanding members of society are qualified. Thank God that the cops are out there taking care of YOUR daughters and YOUR sisters.
ABOVE: Where do these ideas come from? Is “Maryland Speedster” a genius?
If a cop happens to get tired in the midst of a difficult day spent causing accidents, driving recklessly, and harassing good-looking chicks, he can conceal himself in an out-of-the-way location and settle down for a nap. He’s got it made: pulling down time-and-a-half, or maybe double-time pay, (at the taxpayers’ expense), while snoring soundly away. And no one will dare to bother him-- after all, he’s a cop. His only real fear is that an alert citizen will take his picture and submit it for publication on Copwatch.com. To all the somnolent cops out there-- we look forward to seeing YOU on these pages very soon! (To our readers-- bring their nightmare to life!)
ABOVE: Illustration courtesy of “Maryland Speedster”- yet another manifestation of artistic inventiveness and aesthetic brilliance.
(Concept by “Britney”).
Single-mindedly devoted to collecting cash, the unavoidable tentacles of our monstrous law enforcement apparatus continuously use the threat of jail to extort mountains of money from inoffensive citizens accused of committing victimless, arbitrarily forbidden acts. The primary purpose of law enforcement is not to enhance public safety, but to generate revenue for the State and protect the interests of the State’s corporate sponsors. In fact, the cops and their political masters are more than willing to deliberately create MORE danger for the public, in order to boost their take.
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