The police usually do not belong in the papers. The criminal should take the headlines, with the officer behind the scenes. In Egypt, sadly, this has not been true. The pendulum, hopefully, might yet reach balance.
Police abuse and corruption was a prime catalyst of the revolution. Demonized, the papers scrutinized every fault. Later, the police stood with the army and multitudes of demonstrators against Morsi. Lionized, the papers rehabilitated their reputation.
But once again the police are back in the papers. Carefully, cautiously, reports of abuse and corruption hit the front page.
Some say it is sanctioned directly from the top. To reform an institution requires public will; shaping public will requires media dissemination.
Sisi may be saying: Get your house in order.
The police chief has also been vocal: We will treat citizens humanely, we will train in human rights.
And a few police have been arrested, accused in the deaths of detainees.
God, you know the realities of how Egypt works. You know the practices inside police stations. You know the relationship between government and press. And you know the sincerity of each man’s heart.
May good laws be enforced by good men in good institutions. Reform all to the extent necessary.
Let public rhetoric shape public behavior, and curb private but official violations. Let media shaming evolve into legal accountability. Let police take pride in their performance. Let justice and rule of law characterize the social order.
And give wisdom to Egypt to know how to get there.
God, bless this land and give her peace.