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

The Terrible Day When Vancouver Real Estate Will Suddenly Become Affordable Again

"I'm not at all prepared for when The Big One strikes. I have two packets of instant ramen and half a bottle of Chardonnay..."

Despite Its Fishy Name, This Iconic BC Beer Contains No Freshwater Salmon

“When I was a little kid I thought my Dad liked Kokanee because it was somehow flavoured with his favourite fish...”

The Maritime Route That Sounds Like It Could Also Be a Psych-Rock Band

"One of my life goals is to travel the Inside Passage from Victoria all the way north to Skagway and then back again..."

The Vancouver Building That Was Once the Tallest in the British Empire

Despite popular belief, The Dominion's architect J.S. Helyer never fell to his death during the building’s opening party in 1910.