Defining “Unarmed”

In my article in Jacobin last week on the phrase "officer-involved shooting," I wrote about how, for police and their spokespeople, wordy sophistry is a kind of tradecraft. The phrase "officer-involved shooting" obscures meaning and deflects agency through a performance of dispassionate, bloodless authority, by which many journalists seem easily seduced. For this reason, police are invested in policing the language … Continue reading Defining “Unarmed”