Known To Police

5639542011_c1b1b92511_b

Known To Police | Code/cliche | A dangerous, implication-loaded turn of phrase employed by local media when reporting on crime. Its typical use infers to the reading public one of two things: that the alleged perpetrator is very likely guilty, or that the victim got what they ultimately deserved. The general effect – intended or not – is public indifference to the fates of anyone unfortunate enough to be “known to police”. Some media outlets in other Canadian cities are already backing away from (or at least questioning) the phrase.

Usage | “DTES man found dead was known to police.”

explore-the-lexicon

There are 0 comments

Just a Couple of Really Enthusiastic Dudes in Full-Body Spandex Suits

"Don't you think the Green Men should be paid to be at the games...like as much or even more than the zamboni guy?"

The Section of Kitsilano That Is Somehow Superior to the Rest

"No dude. 16th and Blenheim isn't Kitsilano. That's like the diaper of Dunbar. You gotta be northafourth..."

True Story: 'Mr. Peanut' Once Won Thousands of Votes Running for Mayor of Vancouver

“Considering the number of candidates running for Mayor in this election, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Peanut threw his hat into the ring too.”

The Fitting Nickname for Pemberton That May Have Come From Australia

"We biked and hiked our way into a secret backcountry camping spot with an amazing lake view up in Pemberdise last weekend..."