Off The Beat: When Does a Sweep Become a Raid?
The city has a dictionary, but perhaps what it really needs is a thesaurus.
Earlier this year, Honolulu officials took exception to Civil Beat's use of the word "raid" in a blog post about their sweeps of the homeless population from downtown parks and sidewalks.
a : a hostile or predatory incursion
b : a surprise attack by a small force
"A raid by definition is a surprise," Broder Van Dyke argued via email. "The illegal campers were given 24 hours notice by (the city) per city ordinance."
He also didn't like the implication that the non-raid was carried out by police, saying those officers were merely standing by.