Saturday, July 26, 2008

Important advice concerning police interviews

In this video, a law professor from Virginia, James Duane, explains why no-one - even innocent people (especially innocent people) should talk to the police when being suspected of a crime. This is counter-intuitive, since our knee-jerk reaction is to "prove" our innocence (after all, the innocent have nothing to hide). But the founders of the Constitution understood why protections against self-incrimination were so important, and the much misunderstood and maligned fifth amendment became part of the Bill of Rights.

This video is quite a wake-up call. I was skeptical about this at first, but Prof. Duane's presentation has made me rethink the matter (and I used to be a corrections officer myself).

Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department gives his side of the story as a police officer. The revelations he makes here are really fascinating. If you'd like to watch Officer's Bruch's retort (and I highly recommend that you do), click here.

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