The Shield breaks the conventional formula of the cop genre. It plays out in a tough, morally ambiguous world in which the line between good and bad is crossed every day. The series focuses on the tension between a group of corrupt but effective cops and a captain torn between bringing them down and advancing his own political ambitions.
Mackey is a corrupt yet effective police officer; he steals from drug dealers, beats suspects and has committed murder on three occasions. Two of the victims were violent gangsters, though the first was an undercover officer trying to put Mackey and his team behind bars. Mackey sees his tactics as a means to an end.
Detective Vic Mackey Quotes
|Season 7 / Episode 12: - Possible Kill Screen|
Agent Olivia Murray: [after Vic has confessed to every crime he's ever committed in his immunity deal] Do you have any idea what you've done to me?
Detective Vic Mackey: I've done worse.
|Season 7 / Episode 7: - Bitches Brew|
PBA Rep: Detective Mackey, we're not done. In spite of this ruling, the final determination is up to the chief. Go to your captain, get her to put in a good word.
Detective Vic Mackey: I see you're a married man. Is your wife pretty?
PBA Rep: Beautiful.
Detective Vic Mackey: Would you mind if I take her to Vegas for a dirty weekend? Ride her ass hard and put her away wet?
PBA Rep: What?
Detective Vic Mackey: Now that's 'bout the level of cooperation I can expect from my captain, on anything.
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