As a lawyer and a criminal lawyer, I would not speak to the police. Not even if they said I wasn’t a suspect of the crime. Sure as hell not if they said I am. Not after arrest. Not even after my lawyer is present. Not to my cellie. Not to anyone in jail. I’m mute now.
12:57 AM · Sep 18, 2021
That’s to say if I, a criminal lawyer, am acknowledging I’m susceptible to the coercive pressures used by police to lure me into a false confession. You, a lay person, stop thinking it’s in any way reasonable to think you can convince police you’re innocent.
Police are trained to get the confession, they spend a lot of time learning the methods to confuse you, twist your words, ask confusing questions, wear you down, break through your defenses that *any* person, any person at all is vulnerable to making a false confession
Police operate like this— 1. Decide who is a suspect (yes prior to investigation. 2. Try to get suspect to admit to the crime they think happened (yes prior to investigation) 3. If they fail in getting confession then at least enough to arrest, then congratulating themselves
On a job well done. If person refuses to talk to them voluntarily prior to having anything to force it, they move on to step 4. Use media to put added pressure on suspect to voluntarily talk while conducting some investigation but really just hoping the person will talk
To them before having to do too much. The entire time they are operating with tunnel vision, looking through a lens of your guilt and only accepting information that supports that theory. Their only objective is to make an arrest and close the case not get it right
It is absolutely a life-threatening miscalculation to presume you are in any way in control of any conversation with police or have absolutely any power to determine the outcome of that conversation. Don’t be another person saying “I wish”…