Liberal doublespeak used to be limited to college campuses, where anti-American and anti-Western ‘professors’ could use Safe Spaces to tell as many lies about the world as they wanted. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that it would spread to the police.
It’s no secret that PC culture is spreading. One of the reasons Trump was elected, in fact, was that people were sick to death of it. It’s hard to teach real American history, or describe problems in society, if you can’t call a spade a spade.
But if you’re a cop, and you can’t call a suspect a ‘suspect’? That’s just dangerous. But it’s what is happening now.
Because now we’re calling them ‘community members.’ I am not making this up.
KIRO in Seattle reports:
When Seattle police officers write use of force reports they no longer call a suspect a suspect.
“Community member” is the new term. Several officers say the term is offensive, explaining their work with violent suspects.
Sources point to the suspect who shot three officers last month after a downtown Seattle armed robbery. When officers involved in that incident were writing their use of force reports they were required to refer to the shooter, Damarius Butts, as a “community member,” not a suspect, police sources said.
Police fatally shot Butts after they said he shot the officers.
Now, the danger here should be pretty obvious – if it’s not clear on a police form that the person you’re dealing with is violent, you might not take the right precautions. Obviously.
But it’s also worth noting that the cops, unlike the lib stereotype, aren’t insisting on the right to stereotype people. Because the Seattle officers aren’t opposed to all the new changes – just the ones that change how they describe people who have actually been violent.
Or, for that matter, how they describe their victims.
Kevin Stuckey, the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild president, said he believes the term “community member” is too vague.
“I don’t think you should have a broad stroke like that and call everybody the same thing,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with calling someone who is a victim a victim, or calling someone who’s a suspect a suspect.”
Well, of course not.
PC culture is poison. But at least these cops can recognize that.
Now if only liberals could, too.