Yellow betrays blue

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Gamma Ray

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

We often refer to police officers as blue, because of color of their uniform. I wonder, what does "yellow" mean.


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Screenshot from movie "Cop Land" (Stallone, De Niro, Keitel).
 

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There are many possibilities. We'd need to know more context (the whole milieu described in the film). It might refer, for example, to betrayal of the police by taxi-drivers; or the spreading of jaundice in police stations, or something done by cowardly people... ;-)

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Yes, in today's US context it's unlikely anything other than cowardice, particularly the cowards who don't keep up the tradition of cops blindly supporting other cops in all situations.
 

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Yes, in today's US context it's unlikely anything other than cowardice, particularly the cowards who don't keep up the tradition of cops blindly supporting other cops in all situations.

I get it. Yellow color refers to cowardice.
 

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Yes, that makes sense. According to IMDB the film is based on an Internal Affairs investigation (IAD is the police department that investigates police corruption).

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