In an effort to be more sensitive and less judgmental, an edict was recently issued to law enforcement in the liberal paradise of Seattle that from now on, the correct term for “suspect” when writing up reports should be “community member”.
Rank-and-file cops say such sugar-coated language is just more political correctness infecting their realm but Police Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey says the changes are purely for accuracy.
Apparently labeling someone a suspect can sometimes be misleading if that person isn’t really suspected of doing anything. Yet considering that the entire population of a city is comprised of “community members”, how does that suggest precision?
Students of what? Students of observing the passage of time from a concrete cell?
If that’s the case, how about these less “judgemental” terms for various “students”. Perhaps a murderer should now be called a “farmer of humans”.
Rapist is a pretty harsh word, so how about we call rapists “non-consensual erotic encounter enthusiasts”. And pedophile is such a loaded term, so how about we rebrand it “aficionado of inter-generational love”?
Never mind that the usual suspects may be guilty of committing some of the most egregious crimes imaginable.
Scumbags have feelings too, right?