Using a website provided by our own "Prussian Blue," I found the following statistics:
In the first quarter of 2010, There were about 1100 total reports of misconduct (of EVERY variety) by law enforcement officers in the USA.
If we figure that rate holds steady for the year, that is 4400 (give or take) reports of misconduct for the year.
Now, some of those reports will be found to be false (innocent until proven guilty works for the cops, too), but let's assume that EVERY ONE OF THEM is true.
There are about 800,000 Law Enforcement Officers in the United States.
That breaks down to 0.58% of all Law Enforcement Officers being reported for a corrupt act this year. (If we assume that there is no officer reported more than once.)
That means that 99.42 of police officers are not reported for a corrupt act. Even if we say that only 1/10 acts of corruption get reported (the actual number is much much lower than that, for sure…) we still have 94.2% of officers not being corrupt…
IN WHAT WAY IS THAT 'COMMON?'
(I would love to have this discussion with you in more depth, Prussian, but you do not allow email.)