Mike gets it right!
Instead of cursing, crying, kicking things, threatening the cop who is watching you until the detectives arrive, just say these magic words: I want to talk to my lawyer. Then shut the fuck up.
Listened to a tape where a guy carried on for TWO HOURS and had to be put in handcuffs "for his safety" before he was let go. Who has time for that shit?
When you came to the station to "help them understand what happened" and it's now the third hour of your "interview" and they say you can't leave just yet because they're "still trying to wrap their heads around it all"--you are being interrogated and you will be walking out of that room in handcuffs. Better just shut the fuck up.
Boston University Professor writes about his experiences with the Reid interrogation technique:
What I experienced seemed like nothing so much as a seminar in pseudo-science. Our instructor spent a lot of time teaching us how to read body language to tell when a suspect is deceptive, even though psychologists know there’s no such connection. He taught us that, once we determined that the suspect was lying, we should cling to that impression and move boldly ahead – a well-known mistake that psychologists call ‘confirmation bias’, in which we unconsciously seek evidence to confirm our beliefs. We also learned how to ratchet up the discomfort level associated with denial, and how to make it more appealing to confess. We were taught how to ask multiple-choice questions rather than open ones, which inevitably steers and distorts recollections.
Most disturbingly, we were taught that it’s legal in the US to lie to suspects about evidence, albeit as a last resort. It’s a tactic that psychologists have shown can break down resistance and lead to a confession, accurate or not. Detective Wiegert got results when he kept fibbing to Brendan: ‘We know you did it.’ So did the detectives who in 1988 arrested Martin Tankleff, a teenager from Long Island, New York, after he found both his parents dying of stab wounds on the kitchen floor. Police interrogated him for many hours without result. They finally got the confession they needed when they made up a story that, moments before dying, Martin’s father identified his son as the killer. It took 17 years to get the innocent young man out of jail.
These tactics effectively elicit confessions; but as many studies show, they also create false ones. And as coercive as they are with adults, they’re even more so with juveniles.
When the police officer tells you that he just wants to get your side of the story, what he really wants to do is ask you questions until you admit to incriminating facts.
My advice: Shut the fuck up.
When the detective says, "I just need you to come in for an exit interview so I can close this case," what he really means is, "I just need you to come in here and corroborate portions of the victims story so I can arrest you."
My advice: Do not go to the exit interview. Do not talk to the detective. Just shut the fuck up.