The term “suspect” is no longer to be used by the Seattle Police Department. The term has been banned by the politically correct powers-that-be. Now, when writing force reports, officers have been told to refer to suspects as “community members” instead, according to KIRO 7 in Seattle. And police officers are none too happy about the change.
“Several officers say the [new] term is offensive, explaining their work with violent suspects,” said the news station. “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.”
Seattle police union spokesman Kevin Stuckey told the station: “I think this is all in an effort to make sure our report writing sounds politically correct.”
Police department officials insist, however, that the change has nothing to do with PC policy and is merely a reflection of a software update they had nothing to do with.
“The change appears to be part of a routine update by the software developer, which services more than 600 law enforcement agencies worldwide,” a department spokesman told the station. “The department’s force review section has not received any inquiries about the change.”
But officers are suspicious and they take exception to the use of vague terminology that appears to have no other purpose than to satisfy the liberal appetite for lionizing criminals and demonizing police.
“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,” said Stuckey.
These terminology changes came about when Obama’s Department of Justice began exercising oversight in a number of jurisdictions, and they aren’t the only ones police officers are seeing. As the Seattle station notes, corrections officers in Washington are now expected to call inmates “students” instead of “offenders.” Because that is apparently less damaging to a convict’s self-esteem. This is, of course, what we should be concerned about as a country right now.
Say what you will about Attorney General Jeff Sessions – and Trump supporters are somewhat divided about his hardline stance on drugs – but at least he won’t be furthering this kind of nonsense.