Saturday 4 October, 2008
One of the things that struck me as I was playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is its dependance on police corruption. This theme starts from the beginning when the main character is confronted by two corrupt cops named Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski, who threaten to frame him with murder. As the game progresses, police corruption becomes increasingly rampant as the player must kill many people who are a threat to Tenpenny.
I believe this showing of bad cops is a view of the current American society's beliefs. To many Americans the police are no longer seen as their friends and protectors. They have been put into a category of an annoyance, if not a downright threat to ordinary people. The honor of the job of policeman has been buried under a pile of arrogant police stories and corruption scandals. While not as bad as most cases in real life, GTA's story does reflect this tendancy to believe that sometimes cops are no better than the criminals they are supposed to be fighting against.