Really good posts, thank you. Think for a moment what anyone of us, now discussing these matters on this forum, will feel like after surviving an attack.
There we are, traumatized physically and mentally in police custody, our faculties seemingly diminishing, all kinds of fears emerging which include fear of entrapment, fear of not being able to speak coherently, fear of not being understood, fear of being misunderstood, fear of going to jail, fear of losing all your savings…it goes on and on in your foggy brain_ while under police interrogation and being recorded.
There will be a deep feeling of loneliness, of dismay…you want to go home but you can't and you don’t know when you will ever be able to. You are now a trapped animal.
It is at that moment that you are likely to say things without even knowing you said them…because you just want out of this torture of confinement and emotional pounding, dry mouth and cold sweat running down your armpits.
I have seen grown men just break down and cry during a simple legal deposition in civil discovery cases.
It also helps to understand how police interrogations are conducted, i.e., the 'Reid Technique' that most of us are not familiar with.http://people.howstuffworks.com/police- ... ation2.htm
Few points to keep in mind:
1. You will be interrupted:
"It should be noted here that in the United States, if at any point during the interrogation the suspect does somehow manage to ask for a lawyer or invoke his right to silence, the interrogation has to stop immediately. That's why it's so important to interrupt the suspect's attempts to speak in the initial stages -- if he invokes his rights, the interrogation is over."
2. " When You've Got Company
The Just Cause Law Collective warns that if you're arrested with friends, you've got to keep a cool head. Decide beforehand that no one's going to say a word until everyone has a lawyer, and remind yourself that police will try to play on the natural paranoia that arises when people are separated
. The Collective offers a further warning regarding a group arrest: When you have your strategy discussion, don't do it in the back seat of a police car. If the officers stuffed you all into one car and walked away, they're recording you
The detective presents the facts of the case and informs the suspect of the evidence against him. This evidence might be real, or it might be made up.
The detective typically states in a confident manner that the suspect is involved in the crime. The suspect's stress level starts increasing, and the interrogator may move around the room and invade the suspect's personal space to increase the discomfort
If the suspect starts fidgeting, licking his lips and or grooming himself (running his hand through his hair, for instance), the detective takes these as indicators of deception and knows he's on the right track.
4. Getting the suspect's attention
At this point, the suspect should be frustrated and unsure of himself. He may be looking for someone to help him escape the situation. The interrogator tries to capitalize on that insecurity by pretending to be the suspect's ally.
He'll try to appear even more sincere in his continued theme development, and he may get physically closer to the suspect to make it harder for the suspect to detach from the situation. The interrogator may offer physical gestures of camaraderie and concern, such as touching the suspect's shoulder or patting his back.
5. This the most critical:
" The suspect loses resolve
If the suspect's body language indicates surrender -- his head in his hands, his elbows on his knees, his shoulders hunched -- the interrogator seizes the opportunity to start leading the suspect into confession
He'll start transitioning from theme development to motive alternatives (see the next step) that force the suspect to choose a reason why he committed the crime. At this stage, the interrogator makes every effort to establish eye contact with the suspect to increase the suspect's stress level and desire to escape. If, at this point, the suspect cries, the detective takes this as a positive indicator of guilt."
Ask...how well will I really do?
Trainers in the LFI programs told us to actually place our fingers in our mouth and keep the tongue from flapping.