Recommended Listening: Why Not To Use The Phrase “Officer-involved Shooting”

A check of our archives shows we’ve generally avoided the phrase “officer-involved shooting.” Thanks.

But it has crept into some DACS-only pages, online teasers, photo captions and headlines. Going forward, let’s not use it.

As On The Media explored this week, “officer-involved shooting” is among those phrases that feel like “euphemisms designed by government to change the subject.”

The better way to go is almost always to simply say “police shooting” or to use action words – basically, to describe what happened rather than try to label it.

(“Memmos;” July 7, 2016)

July 7, 2016

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