Good cop/bad cop is a routine police sometimes us when interrogating suspects. The bad cop is hostile toward the suspect. The good cop is sympathetic and sometimes even restrains the bad cop. The suspect comes to accept the good cop as his friend and sometimes will give him the information the police are looking for.
The suspect comes to think of the two cops as being opposed to each other and he naturally sides with the one who is friendlier to him. In fact they are working together. From the suspect’s point of view they are both bad cops because they are trying to get him to give them information they need. From the point of view of law abiding citizens they are both good cops because they are trying to enforce the law and fight crime. Read the rest of this entry