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Why I Am Proud to Admit That I Will NEVER Talk To The Police

I was reminded of this video in a recent post from Libertybelle describing an encounter she had with the police, and posted it as a response but thought I would also repost it as its own thread because it's worthwhile to revisit.

If any of you haven't watched this video, please take the time to do so.

It's a powerful presentation by Law Professor James Duane: "I will never talk to any police officer under any circumstances."

And neither should you. Watch here: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4097602514885833865

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Glad to see this posted

I had a paralegal professor tell us about this video; I actually used a lot of this for a presentation for a public speaking class I did.

Especially using the listening test to show how easy it is for you to make a mistake in what you heard and for it to be used against you. I did the same thing in my presentation and the results where the same he got in his presentation; completely won over the class with that.

Plead the 5th! It's your constitutional right. Everything you say can be used against you and nothing can be used for you, that alone should leave anyone not wanting to say a word to a police officer.

one bump for 5th amendment.

one bump for 5th amendment.


I really want to see the second half.

Sadly, IMO this piece is great and all, but it will help the guilty more than the innocent. I don't like that. But good info nonetheless.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

It is better that ten guilty persons escape

than one innocent suffer.


that is subjective. If even one guilty person who is a child molester or a rapist or a murderer goes free, how many more will be hurt? I don't understand your justification here. Look at Casey Anthony and OJ Simpson. They got away with murder, and they DID talk to the police. So what of those who will refuse? Getting away with murder or any kind of hurting innocent people is not something any of us would support right? Right?

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

I'm not sure I understand

I'm not sure I understand your argument in all of this. Are you proposing we scrap the 5th amendment? Or that people should talk to the police? Not rhetorical, just curious.

amen... "yes i give the devil


"yes i give the devil benefit of law, for my own's safety's sake."


Thank you for the companion

Thank you for the companion clip! I only posted the first half in the original post b/c I didn't want people to be scared away by the length if I posted the full length one... but it's worth watching the 2nd half too for both the info provided, and also for the insight it gives from a firsthand account into the mindset of police: i.e. "I could follow a car however long I needed to and eventually they're gonna do something illegal, and I could pull them over... Don't think you're so innocent and such a thing."