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I'm sorry. The 'suspect' didn't do it. If the suspect did it, then the suspect isn't a suspect. They don't even *have* a suspect!!!! See, the problem is one of sourcing. The cops don't want to keep saying, "The person who said he was robbed said...." They also don't want to say "the robber," which would suggest they believe the person who reported the robbery. So "suspect" becomes shorthand for "the person who did the robbery if in fact what the person who reported the alleged crime told us is actually true." It's shorthand. But *it's still a stupid use of language*
From: USFconnect Message [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:40 AM
Subject: Public Safety Bulletin
On Monday, 11/16/09, at approximately 1 pm, a USF student was walking westbound on the north side of
The incident has been reported to the SFPD. USF Public Safety will increase patrol in the area of this incident.
Individuals are reminded to always be aware of their surroundings. Wearing headphones to listen to music and texting or talking on cell phones in public places can be a major distraction. These activities limit a person's ability to remain alert.