Criminals should not be called ‘gentlemen’

Pet peeve time. We are continually amazed and dismayed when we hear a police spokesman, TV reporter or witnesses on camera refer to miscreants as “gentlemen.” For example: He robbed the bank at gunpoint, then the gentleman got in a car and took off. Or, he shot four people, including a 6-year-old bystander, and then the gentleman came out and surrendered. We seem to hear this misused phrase all too often. Those using it know who they are.

Our simple request to folks that should know better: Stop it! These people you’re describing are not remotely acting like gentlemen.

Rick and Leslie Lange