Actually that went too far, while cops can engage in some lying, they cannot use props to manufacture fake "evidence". For example, they could tell a suspect that his buddy has given a statement saying that the suspect is completely guilty. They could not write up a fake statement and show that to the suspect.
im going to answer yes, but admit it doesnt seem right
im answering yes because i dont see the harm in it, if im being interrogated and the cops lie to me and im innocent it doenst change anything.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
BUT some exceptions - including ones recognized by courts.
1. An officer can not lie in offering a deal and then not keeping it. IF an officer promises "we won't prosecute IF..." generally that can not be a lie.
2. An officer can not threaten to harm a person ("tell me what happened or I'm going to beat you, put you with inmates who will assault you, " etc.
3. An officer can not tell someone "this is off record" ... as that contradicts Miranda.
4. An officer can not lie claiming to have a search warrant when he/she doesn't.
5. An officer can not lie in offering tangible benefits in exchange for information or confession - and it be a lie. For example, "I'll let you attend your mother's funeral if you tell me..." and then not do so.
6. While the courts might disagree, I think an officer should not be able to lie if it would cause extreme emotional distress. "Your mother was so upset over this she had a stroke and is in the hospital. Wouldn't you like to tell the truth and clear your conscious before she dies?" - when that is a lie.
Acceptable lies are "your friend confessed, but said you are the one who pulled the trigger" - when all that is a lie. Or "we have a dna sample showing you did it." Things of that nature are scuzzy, but legal.
I never interrogate anyone and, candidly, prefer they don't say much. They joke my "Miranda" warning is "sit down, shut up and no one will get hurt." I really don't want to hear about it, but then I'm just FWC and almost never actually arrest or ticket anyone. If something need be done, I offer some alternative self imposed punishment the person can instead opt for if he/she wishes - and they all take the option, whatever it is.
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Rather, that's a power of the prosecutor.
I heard a story on the radio about an older teenage girl who was a suspect in a death. One of the interrogating police officers made a promise not to prosecute if she admitted to the crime and took a plea deal. But the prosecutor decided to prosecute her for murder anyways, and she was convicted. Her defense lawyer used the fact that the police officer made a promise not to prosecute and her young age to get her conviction overturned.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.