People should always be careful what they say. In general. Especially, when in an interview with LE.I want to be very clear about something because I feel I may have given the wrong impression here: I am a big supporter of LEO of all stripes, and I do support the notion that you should absolutely discuss what is going on with the police. I just think people should be careful about what they say and I take exception to the attitude that "Generally, the people who are only willing to talk with an attorney present are guilty of something, if not the crime they are being asked about."
I get that this may be your experience, but it is not the most constructive way to approach a citizen exercising his rights. Yes, they may have something to hide (or fear) as pointed out earlier in this thread, but why assume straight off the bat that it is a crime?
For example, if I were the guy who was cheating on his wife, lied to his wife about his whereabouts, had been using drugs, or was attending a political event in support of a candidate overtly hated by a large segment of the population, you can bet I would get myself protected before I talk. But, once protected, I would definitely want to cooperate to the greatest extent possible.
Here's an interesting question... In your experience, what is the best way to signal to a cop that you want to cooperate but have something to say that isn't for public consumption, if you know what I mean?
First, we have to define an "interview" If you include side of the road interviews, during car stops, that 's a large number of interviews. If you only look at in person interviews for misdemeanor and felony crimes, that's fewer, but still a lot.Ok officers and attorneys on here a quick question, if you’ll allow: How many interviews (what rough %) go over to interrogations or lead to charges with the person directly being interviewed?
I wish I could remember his name, not that I would post it on here, but it wasn't common. I have seen several cases where similar names got people in trouble, but they usually don't look similar. This was just a freak deal.Yet another reason I like having a rare last name. Almost no chance of mistaken identity.
I think this may be what I was talking about? Or possibly it was the 'old' thread Sam mentioned?It sticks in my memory that there used to be a sticky somewhere on GT several years ago about how to respond to police when involved in a DGU. I though it was in COP Talk.
I've spent some time looking for it and did some searches, but can't find it. A lot of it involved around wether it was a good shoot or a bad shoot.
Anyone know where it went?
That’s over ten years old, but still a good read.I think this may be what I was talking about? Or possibly it was the 'old' thread Sam mentioned?