Remember that people don't think at the top of their game when they are scared. What they call "the higher brain functions" give way to more reflexive responses. It needs to be something simple enough to be trained into the reflexive responses.
Getting this one wrong is dangerous. Standing on rights you can't defend legally can get you legally arrested, then who knows what could happen to you.
Getting it right is dangerous, too. These guys murdered a defenseless man in full view of witnesses. They didn't even respect his right to breathe, to live without torture. They wouldn't have cared if Thomas knew his other rights.
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