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'Copspeak' and other tricks of the police trade

Every new police shooting increases the calls for reform, accountability and transparency. Unfortunately those calls don’t usually extend to the media which, in many instances, acts as cheerleader for law enforcement instead of skeptical observer and check on abuse of power. FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) has attempted to fill this role for thirty years and they have compiled a helpful list of “copspeak”—the jargon that police use to spin their narratives.
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