The City of Seattle is engaging in a new experiment in political correctness. Apparently, if you don’t call criminal suspects criminal suspect, you don’t have any criminal suspects.
If that makes sense to you, you might be a liberal.
Truth Revolt reports:
Suspects in Seattle Renamed ‘Community Members,’ Inmates are Now ‘Students’
The latest case of insanity comes from police in Seattle who have been forced to abandon the term “suspect” for the more identity-friendly “community member.” No, this isn’t just reserved for a one-time litterbug, chicken thief, or jaywalker. Violent criminals are “community members.”
Case in point: last month, an armed robbery occurred in Seattle and three officers were injured in a shootout with the suspect eventually killed by police. When writing up their use of force reports, officers used the term “community member” and not suspect, according to KIRO 7. The police officers’ guild president, Kevin Stuckey, told the news station that this is a clear case of political correctness.
“I don’t think you should have a broad stroke like that and call everybody the same thing,” Stuckey 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.”
Seattle Police Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey said the “suspect” label can be misleading if that person isn’t suspect of wrongdoing. The new term is a replacement for other PC-terms Seattle officers have been using for the last seven years, like “subject” and “citizen.” The latest update to the language and use of force reports came about after the Obama administration sicced its Department of Justice on police departments across the nation.
Changing the words doesn’t change the reality.
That doesn’t seem to matter to Seattle.