I took forensic interviewing for child sexual abuse survivors and worked with victims immediately after reporting sexual assaults. The one thing it taught me was that we don’t all react the same when we are traumatized and or/when we come in contact with police. I don’t take much stock in police questioning, as a lot of time they question suspects in a way to get the outcomes they desire.

They have no idea what kind of trauma or fear a person may have of police while questioning them to determine whether they are credible, lying, or if they should be labeled as a suspect. While I think our intuition can be a strong guide in detecting the truth, the ways police have come up with questioning suspects and victims overtime are as biased as their policing practices. And even if the training is on the up and up, the implicit and explicit biases of men and women behind the badge make it almost impossible to believe in they question suspects with integrity to get the truth.

My partner who has nearly 30 years of federal and NYC policing has so many biases and blindspots we can’t talk about policing without disagreeing. There are lots of things in policing that are good, but talking to people and entrapment are two things people talking to police aren’t really cognizant of. I would never talk to police without an attorney present. Ever.

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