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nixie fighter

nixie fighter  n.— «From a former tough, a so-called nixie fighter (an old police term for one who fights officers): “Brings back memories. Gawd, how I miss em! I was part of a crowd that proudly fought the cops outside a 7-11. I can...

throw shade

throw shade  v. phr.— «The cops say I’ve been ID’d as a tall white male with a receding hairline. “Hang on,” I say. “You’re throwing shade?” My vanity’s been struck. Where’s the justice...

break it off

break it off  v. phr.— «These guys are working on Skid Row because they believe they can make a difference. Chris breaks it off for me. “There are more random gangs from all over the Southland here in Central Division than I could believe...

one-time

one-time  n.— «A disheveled black man rides close to the car on his bike and taunts us. “I know what time it is,” he says. “‘One time’ means police,” Feldtz says. “That’s what they call us, ‘one time.’”» —“Inside the...

box

box  n.— «It’s where the drugs are. Where the crack is. An area that soft-spoken, veteran police Lieutenant Lionel Garcia calls “the box.” It’s an informal term in cop-speak that means the floating area of most concentrated...

cluster

cluster  n.— «The cops are already calling the response a “cluster”—cop-speak for clusterfuck—and the chaos gets only more obscene. The pugnacious medics squabble over how to treat the patients and where to land the chopper...