The vigilante anti-hero is fundamentally a critique of the justice system, an example of social failure, so when cops put Punisher skulls on their cars or members of the military wear Punisher skull patches, they’re basically [siding] with an enemy of the system.
They are embracing an outlaw mentality. Whether you think the Punisher is justified or not, whether you admire his code of ethics, he is an outlaw. He is a criminal. Police should not be embracing a criminal as their symbol.
– Gerry Conway, writer, co-creator of the Punisher
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding lately of who the Punisher is and what he does (or doesn’t) stand for. AIPT provides this simple reminder, if you know anyone who would benefit from this information.