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.

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    how about disclaimer? – Hellion May 2 '16 at 21:16
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    What's most unfortunate is when people make such disclaimers even though what they disclaim is exactly what they mean to say. Used carefully, such a disclaimer can even draw attention to that intended, disclaimed meaning, exactly opposite to the effect it seems on the surface to intend. – PellMel May 2 '16 at 21:31
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    Consider "usual caution". – Graffito May 2 '16 at 22:20

I believe the common term for this would be a disclaimer:

a statement that is meant to prevent an incorrect understanding of something (such as a book, a movie, or an advertisement)
source: m-w.com

The person who is speaking is making a claim about someone or something, but specifically "dis-claims" that their statement applies to an entire group: they make it clear that they are not claiming the broader application.

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