It was a smooth flowing press conference at the Humble Police department Thursday afternoon until KTRK reporter Laura Whitley showed detectives just how extensive her vocabulary can be. The press conference was about an armed robbery that ended in a death. And because someone was killed in the commission of the deadly crime Whitley posed a question to a Humble detective. She said the recent death in the armed robbery should prove that crimes like car break ins and robberies are not innocuous. The detective responded saying yes they are (innocuous) despite the law enforcement officer stressing only seconds ago how dangerous robberies can be. Whitley tried to pose the same question again to get the right answer. The detective responded again that robberies are innocuous. By now, Whitley realizes the Lieutenant has no idea what the word innocuous means so she tries to ask the question a third way while also giving him the definition of innocuous. The police detective gets it wrong again. Whitley finally just sits down and looks at me and I look at her and I say “stop using those big words.” 20 minutes later The Insite is in a phone conversation with that lieutenant who says “at least I know what innocuous means now.” Or does he? Just a day in the life of The Insite!
innocuous \ih-NOK-yoo-uhs\, adjective: 1. Harmless; producing no ill effect. 2. Not likely to offend or provoke; as, “an innocuous remark.”