This news is so idiotic it will remind you of the horrid days of former President Barack Hussein Obama and his lackeys in Congress Nancy “Stretch” Pelosi and Harry “black eye” Reid.”
It has now been confirmed that the liberal Seattle Police Department, in an apparent play to cater to the out of control far left city which is intent on not offending anyone other than of course any and all Christians and conservatives, Seattle Washington. Has now mandated that their police officers can no longer refer to violent criminals as “Suspects.” They now have to refer to them as “Community Members.” The same way they relate to law abiding citizens such as me and you.
Yes, sadly you read that correctly, and the video above isn’t a Saturday Night Live skit, this is who we have become after 30 years of forced Political Correctness being shoved down our collective souls. Since we are now a nation obsessed with not offending anyone the police can no longer call a criminal a “Suspect.” as they have since the beginning of time. Now they are “Community Members.” And the worst part is the reason the higher ups gave for not calling them “Citizens” or “Suspects.” They actually stated “Suspect” is demeaning to the violent criminal, and since the Seatle Police Department isn’t allowed to ask for citizenship status, calling criminals “Citizens” would discriminate against illegal aliens who crossed our borders illegally. What????
KIRO 7 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.
“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.”
Changes after DOJ oversight
Department policy restricts officers and other department members from speaking to reporters without a supervisor’s approval, so multiple officers spoke to KIRO 7 to provide background. Kevin Stuckey, the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild president who can speak publicly, 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.”
Seattle Police Chief Operating Officer Brian Maxey said the changes are purely for accuracy. Labeling someone a suspect can sometimes be misleading if they are not suspected of anything.
At least through 2010, use of force forms used the terms suspect and subject. Blue Team was adopted after Department of Justice oversight of the department and the term “citizen” was coined for use-of-force reports. Now, the acceptable term is “community member.”
“Similarly, we don’t know or inquire about citizenship status, so labeling someone a citizen is arbitrary,” Maxey said in an email.
“Neither term is confusing at all.”
So when do police use force on a suspect who is not suspected of violating a law?
“Doing a building search or responding to an alarm with guns drawn is an example, department spokesman Sean Whitcomb wrote in an e-mail.
“We might contact individuals who are not suspects, but rather subjects. Approaching someone at gun point is Type 1 force, and must be reported.”
Whitcomb and others didn’t specify how long someone at gunpoint has been a reportable use of force or when Type 1 use of force designations were first used.
Officers told KIRO 7 that Type 1 use of force designations came with the Department of Justice oversight, and pointing a gun at a person in such a scenario did not previously require a use of force report.
Department of Corrections made similar change
Changes in terminology are nothing new in Washington, and Whitcomb said “the words are synonymous and commonly used throughout the law enforcement profession.”
Last fall, the Washington Department of Corrections stopped calling inmates “offenders” and instead use the term “student.”
“The term ‘offender’ does have a negative connotation and significantly impacts a broad group of people and communities,” Acting DOC Secretary Dick Morgan wrote in an internal department memo, obtained by KIRO 7.
“Times change, and so does our language.”
However, that means Gary Ridgway — the most prolific American serial killer who said he has at least 71 victims — is no longer called an inmate or an offender. Neither are other murderers, rapists and felons.
The phase-out of the word “offender” started Nov. 1 and replaced with “individuals,” “student” or “patient,” the DOC secretary wrote to his staff. Use this link to read the full DOC memo.
“It takes time to change habits but I encourage all of you to make an effort,” Morgan wrote in the memo last fall. “Start by referring to individuals by their names (if you don’t already), practice replacing or removing the word ‘offender’ from your communication and presentation to others.”
In Seattle regarding use of force incidents, Stuckey, the guild president, said he plans to bring up the language concerns to command staff.
“I guess a community member could be the person who breaks into your car and breaking into your home or harms you or your child,” he said. “But who are we talking about?”
Makes you wonder if the next directive to come out of the Seattle Police Department will be that its police officers will only be allowed to carry one bullet with them while on patrol and it has to be kept in their shirt pocket at all times until needed?
These people are the real reason Aliens from outer space will never visit us, no intelligent life left in this world.
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