Saturday, July 19, 2008

Don't talk to the Cops

And whilst on the subject of Kafka-esque criminal justice systems, thanks to Tony for sharing a link to a couple of videos with the theme 'don't talk to the cops'

The first clip is a presentation by a hyperactive American law lecturer, who if he's not on drugs should be, explaining why suspects, even the totally innocent (if such people actually exist), should never volunteer information to the police.

The second clip features a remarkably candid policeman sharing an insight into suspect interview techniques and some of his favourite, er, lies he uses in his interviews

Whilst the legislation mentioned in the clips is specific to the US, to the best of my knowledge most of the principles discussed apply just as much to the UK

...except that our law enforcement agencies get to lock people up for a lot longer in the UK and therefore have a lot more time to work some of the special magic described in these videos on Evil Doers

Because, as we know, police all over the world only ever arrest people who've done something wrong

They might take their time figuring out what exactly but they get there in the end

and remember boys and girls, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law - but never for you



ziz said...

Dontcha just love that cop ? .. "there are 2 types of people" "then there's the 3rd type..."

Everyone knows there are 2 types of people.
1. Those who think there are 2 types of people.
2. Those who don't think there are 2 types of people.

For Public information there are 2 types of women..
1. Pot throwers.[This is a permament clasification]
2. The rest.[this is a classification that varies over time, marital status, time of the month, diet, time of day, waist size, chocolate intake - the full taxonomy of the various sub-classes is still under discussion]

Tuco from North Mexico said...

...a concept very familiar to fans of "The Good, The Bad and the actor who wasn't told in advance that he was going to be the Ugly"


"There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: Those with a rope around the neck, and the people who have the job of doing the cutting."

"You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

"There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window."

etc etc

Antipholus Papps said...

You see, I can't do it because I do business with these assholes, and it looks bad for me you know - uh - so I want somebody to do it for me. So I tell you what, here's a stick and a gun and you do it. But wait 'til I'm out of the room!'