Never talk to the police.

And if they had known that their son’s cooperation would be used as evidence against him, they would have hired a lawyer at the beginning and exercised his right to remain silent.

via KDVR.

Their son is 11. He drew a picture at school. Later that night the police show up at his home:

“She says she told her son to cooperate and tell the truth, but was horrified when they told her they were arresting him and then handcuffed him and hauled him away in a patrol car.”

If you read the story you will find that no one, not the parents, not the school, and not the thearapist who told him to draw the picture (yes, the kid was doing what he was told by someone in authority over him) thinks he is a threat. He wasn’t charged with threating anyone. He was charged with “interfering with staff and students at an educational facility,” although it looks like he was the only one interfered with.

Never talk to the police. I’ve posted the video before, but if you’re not inclined to watch an hour long video let me point out something important. Here is the typical Miranda warning given by police to suspects being questioned:

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

Notice what is missing? It doesn’t say anything you say can be used in a court of law, which is how most people seem to interpret it. It says “Anything you say can and WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU…” Against you, not for you.

The police officer looking for excuses to arrest and charge you with a crime. He is not looking for reasons not to arrest and charge you. They are not on your side. If the police want to interview you, get a lawyer and let him speak to them. That’s why they call them mouthpieces.

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  • spike  On February 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I know my lines. “I feared for my life” and. ” i want my attorney” do i get a gold star?

    • trackerk  On February 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      No, you get to stay out of prison :-).

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