According to the dictionary, a “suspect” is a “person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense.”
For our police to accurately describe a criminal during these destructive times in our country, it is important they quickly obtain an accurate description of the criminal. For police it is necessary to identify their criminals as “criminal suspects.”
However, political correctness is eating away at the core of what makes America a beautiful and unique sociopolitical experiment and a beacon of freedom for the whole world.
Our culture today is obsessed with doing anything possible to avoid offending another human being, which is why if you say something deemed to be “unsavory” — in reality this is anything liberals don’t agree with — you’ll get called every name in the book, not to mention the harassment you’ll encounter immediately afterwards on social media.
The whole concept of PC culture is hitting all new waves of insanity as police in Seattle are no longer allowed to call a suspect, well, a “suspect,” but must instead refer to him, her, or other as “community member.”
Yes, this is for real.
However, some are afraid of political correctness and feel conforming to an idea or belief that could possibly offend another should be eliminated.
Reported by allenbwest,
KIRO7 is reporting, 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.
I think this is all in an effort to make sure our report writing sounds politically correct,” Seattle Police Officers’ Guild Kevin Stuckey told KIRO 7.
The online use of force reporting system, called Blue Team, is used for more than just use of force reports. It also tracks the department’s administrative investigations and the Early Intervention System among other reports. A photo sent to KIRO 7 shows the Blue Team in a recent online department training.
The “community member” terminology changed for multiple forms – but it’s only in the use of force reports that officers find offensive.
“The change appears to be part of a routine update by the software developer, which services more than 600 law enforcement agencies worldwide,” department spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee said. “The department’s force review section has not received any inquiries about the change.”
Some officers in the department feel the term “community member” is too vague, which in all honesty, seems to be a pretty accurate assessment.
Community members are folks who live in a particular area, go to work, contribute to society, and above all, obey the law.
A person who has committed a crime, or believed to have committed a crime, is a suspect. They are not just an ordinary, run-of-the mill citizen at that point. Isn’t it offensive to make it sound as if law-abiding citizens and criminals are on equal footing?
If someone doesn’t like to be considered a suspect, perhaps they should stay away from illegal activities, and others who are involved with such.