Media sources need to "STOP" Calling Officers / "COPS" / it's a Slang and Derogatory Word.

Media sources need to "STOP" Calling Officers / "COPS" / it's a Slang and Derogatory Word.

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Larry Phillips started this petition to President of the United States and

Why are Police, Sheriff, or Patrol Officer called "Cops". 

Answer:

The word "cop" is an old Anglo-Saxon verb for catch, grab or capture, deriving from a noun "cop" dating back at least to the 1100s.  Some sources say this word related to the Dutch word kapen, with a similar meaning.  The earliest written documentation of the form "cop" as a verb in English dates to 1704.

A new noun form developed form this verb, giving us "copper."  This form "copper" thus was the noun for "one who cops."  Some sources document the use of the verb "cop" used with the meaning "arrest" in 1844, and suggests this was the source of the specific use of "cop" to refer to a law officer.

The term "copper" was originally used in England as a slang word for a police officer.  This term was used, however, as a term of abuse by criminals, especially petty street criminals.  It was considered highly derogatory by the police themselves.  It was made illegal in England to use this term for a police officer, because it was so derogatory.

Reason to Sign this Petition to SUPPORT our Law Enforcement Officers!

It is Shameful for News Media sources to use the Slag and Derogatory Name "Cops" to speak of Police, Sheriff, or Patrol Officers.  Our nation is set up Laws to be Enforced by our Officers.  Officers should not be referred to as "Cops".  They are Citizens who have chosen a career to assist in making our communities safe. 

I am ask the Media to use the word "Officers" referencing Police, Sheriff, or Patrol Officers. 

Thank you in Supporting our Officers by Signing this Petition!

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