It's a great video, and a terrible video at the same time. I have watched it once before. It's great-because he's right, and it's terrible because it is a good example of how justice truly has been reduced to a formal cat and mouse game.
The truth is, most criminals are easy, fortunately, and in my experience they have been easy to break and easy to get a confession from.But Interviewing is a highly refined skill as this former officer shows you. Time and again, the same criminals representing that 2-5% of the population get caught over and over again and are made to confess over and over again. Criminals tend to be clever, but not very smart -- there is a huge difference.
Unfortunately, non-criminals are also not very smart nor very clever, in particular because they aren't used to being arrested and they don't work daily in the dark world of deception. They operate in a reasonably honest world and are far more likely to take what they see and hear at face value. Cops are always amused at the civilian mentality that continuously repeats things like, "My little Johnnie would never do that!" or " "I know he didn't do it, cause he said
he didn't do it!)
Most people are extraordinarily susceptible to suggestion, misdirection, and verbal sleight-of-hand. They live in a world that requires consent, mindless abusive consent. When their insurance rates go up--they get mad, stomp around, but they consent. When the Government willy nilly spends their tax monies, they consent. If the church, or their political party or the voice on the other end of the telephone tell them what to do, they consent. It's easier that way. We live in a society that that trades consent for peace and comfort.
The real difference between non-criminals and criminals in a formal interview is that they often DO trust the police, so when these highly refined techniques are used, they tend to take the bait quicker and harder. In fact they tend to want to volunteer lots of unneeded information in the spirit of helping the officer get through this.
I know, its hard to believe as you sit here reading this, but all of us at some level are vulnerable to this. We are gregarious people who are programmed to help each other. A basic tenet of civilized society is, "Honesty is the best policy" and most people prescribe to that. But honesty and truth are totally different things. Honesty is one persons perceptions. The truth
is established after the fact. It is an interpretation of perceptions. Ill share a little anecdotal story I wrote to express this most import point in my next post.
So, as this relates to self-defense - when you add the feelings of veneration that usually comes after the battle has ended--when you realize for the first time that you are a Champion in a contest for life and death, naturally, you are going to talk. You might even brag as your para-sympathetic nervous system helps to celebrate the fact that you are still alive. In my Wylie case, after fighting for his life he won the fight and was quick to try and help the detectives understand what happened. They asked, "But, did you cut him?" Wylie responded, "Yes, I cut him...I tried to cut his F*cking head off!" He didn't recall any of that - until he saw the recorded interview. Statements like that are hard to work around.
In the book, I devote a chapter to the interview an discuss what should be done in the hindsight of a justifiable use of force. In the meantime, if there are any questions - one would be wise to watch that video again