In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something like this:
Now of course we don't mean to say that all police are racist or aggressive.
or like this...
let's get something straight. Not all cops are bad.
I used to refer to these statements as qualifiers but now I'm thinking that it is incorrect.
Is there another word, term, or word phrase used for these types of statements in discourse that avoid over-generalizing a people, profession, or group? It's unfortunate that journalists or people in general have to say these because unless they do it mean that the speaker is understood to be painting this group with a broad brush.