Officers’ language strips emotion from shootings

NEW MEXICO IN DEPTH, 4 DECEMBER 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

In the world of police officers and the instructors who train them, guns are not guns; instead, they are “systems” or “platforms.”

Likewise, weapons that fire 50,000 volts of electricity or high-velocity beanbag ammunition at people are “tools” that officers “utilize.”

And what does an officer see through two rifle scopes when he has focused them on someone, pulled the trigger and successfully hit his target?

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