“Known to police” and what it means

Very good piece by Anne-Lovely Etienne about the phrase “known to police” and how it sweeps victims aside as uninteresting because readers can safely feel they brought the trouble on themselves. Etienne interviews the family and friends of one of the men killed in the triple shooting on August 2, and gives a name and character to one of the victims handwaved as “known to police.”

This links back to the dictum of SPVM organized crime czar Francis Renaud last week: “La victime d’aujourd’hui, c’est le suspect de demain.”