Stop snitching is not an entirely new phenomenon in the criminal justice system; an unspoken code of silence has existed in many communities for a number of years. The problem, however, gained notoriety in 2004 with the release of the Stop Snitchin’ DVD that was produced in Baltimore and distributed widely on the Internet, featuring an appearance by a professional basketball player. The video’s purpose was to threaten retaliation against those cooperating with police and frighten potential witnesses. Though the term “stop snitching” is believed to have originated in Boston, it was the release of the Baltimore DVD that is thought to have spawned t-shirts, hats, and rap CDs with stop snitching messages that threaten violence against those who provide information to the police about crimes. Source: DOJOne point I thought was important was that police cannot have a double standard, expecting a frightened community to speak out when officers themselves have a "blue code of silence" themselves. If communities don't respect the police and view them as public servants who are there to help them they cannot expect to be trusted by that same community.
Fortunately, most officers really do want to make a difference in their communities.