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The NYPD is trying to teach cops to tell the truth...

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The NYPD is trying to teach cops to tell the truth...

Postby country_hick » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:19 pm

The NYPD is trying to teach cops to tell the truth - and nothing but the truth - when they're in court.

Is this mission impossible?


After a spate of cases in which cops were prosecuted for lying, the Police Department has created a handbook with tips for testifying.
At least one of them seems elementary: "Do not concoct answers or explanations - just state that you do not know."
The tips are part of a mock trial workshop designed to teach cops how to succeed on the stand without distorting the truth.

The DAs provided staff to act as prosecutors and defense lawyers and grill the cops in mock trials, teaching them to avoid "testilying."

Among the helpful hints:

- "Concede your errors in paperwork and prior statements."

- "Remain alert - do not allow the defense attorney to lead you into inconsistent statements."

- "Greet the jury with a smile upon entering and exiting the courtroom."

Cops are also told to avoid frequent answers of "I do not recall," long pauses after questions and looking for help from the prosecutor.

They're told to avoid jargon, focus on the jury during cross-examination, and refer to victims and witnesses - but not the defendant - by name.

The role-playing - a pilot program to be expanded this year - puts cops on the stand to testify about a fictional gun or drug arrest.

It aims to avoid disasters like the 2009 perjury conviction against a Bronx detective who testified he never questioned a gun suspect - when the suspect had taped the conversation.

A Bronx police officer was convicted the same year for inventing a story about spotting a burglary suspect in a building basement he'd never entered. <snip>
There is a reason that LEO has a new meaning: Legally Entitled to Oppress. Thanks to Bob Livingston for this one.

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Re: The NYPD is trying to teach cops to tell the truth...

Postby Shoonra » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:51 pm

For their next project, they'll try drilling through the Rock of Gibralter with the blunt end of a boiled carrot.
/ Shoonra
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