I learned a new word yesterday: ‘Snitch-jacket’

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Snitch jacket:

Reputation for being an informant. It is used both in police jargon and street slang. It is NOT an actual jacket (as in a garment), or being beaten up (though it may result in being beaten up.) Jacket comes from the “file jackets” that were used by the police prior to computerization of records.

file jackets

file jackets

The phrase has part of its origins in the police interrogation tactic of threatening criminals who will not cooperate. Often the only reason a perpetrator doesn’t snitch is because he fears it will get to the street and put him in danger. Ironically police officers threaten to publicize or have correctional officers publicize that a perpetrator’s “jacket” says they are an informant to get them to inform.

Someone with a “snitch jacket” is often just a willing informant obviously.
Son they trying to send me up north with a snitch jacket for 16 months! People asking me dumb s#!t like, “Oh I thought that carried a minimum of 3 years served? How you get that?” That’s the normal plea deal but they trying to spin it to population to get me to drop dime. Guess I gotta snitch!
#drop dime #snitch #rap sheet #c.i. #confidential informant #hood politics

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snitchjacketing:

snitchjacketing or badjacketing isn’t an east coast term. It refers to someone calling someone an informant or a “snitch” to out them from a group. the FBI and other law enforcement groups use real informants to plant evidence on people that they may be a snitch to then create infighting or a witch-hunt. It also makes it difficult for those referred to as snitches, who are in-fact snitches, to work within the movement they come from, because people are weary of such a rumor possibly being true.

when not used by cops/ security forces/ etc it’s usually employed by someone as a low blow, because they can’t come up with anything of any merit to accuse, denounce, or argue with someone about.

” Hey Duke, have you cashed your check from the FBI yet?”
example of snitchjacketing.

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  • Kitschinsync

    The Ben guy seems to have created a tight noose around his neck, if his correspondence is faked then he has implicated a whole bunch of people, if they are genuine then he has implicated a whole bunch of the very same people.

    Its lose/lose for him, some of these people appear to have unfriendly characteristics when crossed.

    • Dave

      I’m sure there is some truth in what Ben says, and in every statement he makes. It starts with “My name is Ben” and finishes there, everything else may, or may not be the truth.

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