Friday, December 26, 2008

8 Reasons why you don't talk to the police, especially if you are innocent.

I ran across this post while surfing Digg.com. It's very interesting. My civil rights activism has mostly focused on the 2nd and 4th Amendments but now I am a new big fan of the 5th Amendment.

The two videos in this blog provide some very interesting reasons why innocent people should not talk to the cops. It seems counterintuitive that you shouldn't talk to the cops if you think you've done nothing illegal. What's the harm? You could go to prison, that's the harm.

The first speaker is a law school professor. My favorite favorite reason is one of the first he mentions. Basically, there are so many laws, regulations, codes and rules that no one person can possibly keep them all straight. Once you make a statement to the police, the prosecutors can look into every little detail of what you said. The more you say, the more opportunity for them to find something. "Any thing you say will be used against you..."

The second speaker is a law enforcement officer. It's his job to put people in jail. He's done 1000s of interviews. No matter how smart you think you are, you aren't going to fool a guy like this. I never thought of it that way. It would be like me taking on Tiger Woods in a round of golf.

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