“Reid Technique Can Lead Suspects To Admit Crimes They Later Say They Did Not Commit” – WPR
Activists such as Emergent Justice complain that some law enforcement agencies unfairly target minorities and use the Reid technique to obtain false confessions.
“Juveniles are between two to three times as likely to falsely confess during police interrogations… Race also seems to play a factor in false confessions, though there’s little research on the subject. Minorities are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and they are overrepresented in false confession cases and in wrongful convictions in general.”
What is the Reid interrogation technique? Can the police lie during an interrogation? What is police psychological manipulation? What was the Central Park Five case? Start with this interactive infographic. Click on any item for details. “This is not legal advice. Always consult with a lawyer before taking any legal action.”
“For more than half a century, it has been the go-to police interrogation method for squeezing confessions out of suspects. Its tropes are familiar from any cop show: the claustrophobic room, the repeated accusations of guilt, the presentation of evidence — real or invented — and the slow build-up of pressure that makes admitting a crime seem like the easiest way out.
That’s why it jolted the investigative world when one of the nation’s largest police consulting firms — one that has trained hundreds of thousands of cops from Chicago to New York and federal agents at almost every major agency — said it is tossing out the Reid technique because of the risk of false confessions, a consulting group that says it has worked with a majority of U.S. police departments, said it will stop training detectives in the method it has taught since 1984.” – Insider
Petri dish of injustice
“Privilege is embedded in the question ‘Why would you say that?,’” “There’s a lack of understanding about the relationship between people of color and the police … It’s scary to be black and brown and face a police officer, let alone you’re a minor who doesn’t know your rights, your parents are not educated on their rights. It was a Petri dish of injustice.” – Ava Duvernay director of When They See Us. – Esquire
Emergent Justice is a nonprofit social justice organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering communities to address issues that affect their lives. It includes narrative and communications strategists, artists, and community organizers dedicated to advancing social justice and equity. It believes that our collective investments in housing, education, health, transportation, food security, and jobs will fail if we do not also proactively work to divest this nation’s resources from criminalization. Therefore, we elevate stories of those directly impacted by mass incarceration.
As Storytellers of the Movement, Emergent Justice hope is to build capacity around racial justice storytelling in a way that drives sustainable change.
Change the culture in law enforcement
“We need to have a major change in the culture in law enforcement, unfortunately. Our problem is we are so focused on closing cases and locking up criminals, we kind of lost our perspective that our real goal is to gather information that is admissible and reliable and unbiased. Let the evidence take us where it may.” – James Trainum, author of “How the Police Generate False Confessions” and a former Washington, D.C., homicide detective. – WPR
TakeAway: Know your rights.
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