Maine police are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.
Some police are nice and fair. Some are total gestapo thugs on a never ending power trip. The reality is, most Maine police get a kick out of twisting the facts about an incident around to make it sound much worse than it actually was. Their job is to arrest & convict, so lying or making up something out of thin air is just routine for most police. Remember, all police are members of the Good O’l Boy’s Club, and you are not. If the officer outright makes up facts then lies about it in court (commit perjury) nothing will happen to them. The police officer is immune from all damages they cause. District Attorney’s in Maine typically tell officers to fabricate evidence. They tell them to ignore court orders or loose evidence that may help you. They do it all the time and have been for years. Today this is just routine behavior.
In a nutshell
Understand that police are professional liars;
1. Cops are trained liars (Reid Technique of Interrogation)
2. Cops are trained to falsely accuse individuals
3. Cops are trained to fabricate false evidence against individuals
4. Cops can and will lie under oath (commit perjury)
What to do;
1. Refuse to talk to trained liars – Remain silent
2. Refuse to stay silent about the trained liars techniques
3. Refuse to give automatic credibility to trained liars
Cops use Reid Technique to Lie
Even though it is perfectly legal to lie about evidence, attaching a suspect to a crime, it is a risky strategy to employ. Just before presenting such evidence, careful consideration should be given to the level of connection established with the suspect, the probable existence of evidence, and the investigator’s ability to “sell” the existence of evidence. A miscalculation of these rules may cause the strategy to backfire or fortify a guilty suspects resistance to being honest.
Cops will make False Accusations
The innocent person may look truly offended and may make an effort to stop the phony accusation.
Cops can and will Fabricate Evidence of Guilt
In instances which the detective does not have any prior contact with the suspect, the detective, while still standing in front of the sitting suspect and by using a the case folder as a prop, should state plainly and briefly something over the following lines; “You’re Joe Smith? I’m here approach you about the robbery at the town liquor store last week. ” As the statement is being made the investigator should finger although case folder to create the impression that it contains material of an incriminating nature about the suspect.
Nine Steps of Interrogation
The Reid Technique’s nine steps of interrogation are:
1. Direct confrontation. Advise the suspect that the evidence has led the police to the individual as a suspect. Offer the person an early opportunity to explain why the offense took place.
2. Try to shift the blame away from the suspect to some other person or set of circumstances that prompted the suspect to commit the crime. That is, develop themes containing reasons that will psychologically justify or excuse the crime. Themes may be developed or change to find one to which the accused is most responsive.
3. Try to minimize the frequency of suspect denials.
4. At this point, the accused will often give a reason why he or she did not or could not commit the crime. Try to use this to move towards the acknowledgement of what they did.
5. Reinforce sincerity to ensure that the suspect is receptive.
6. The suspect will become quieter and listen. Move the theme discussion towards offering alternatives. If the suspect cries at this point, infer guilt.
7. Pose the “alternative question”, giving two choices for what happened; one more socially acceptable than the other. The suspect is expected to choose the easier option but whichever alternative the suspect chooses, guilt is admitted. As stated above, there is always a third option which is to maintain that they did not commit the crime.
8. Lead the suspect to repeat the admission of guilt in front of witnesses and develop corroborating information to establish the validity of the confession.
9. Document the suspect’s admission or confession and have him or her prepare a recorded statement (audio, video or written).
If you are found doing something suspicious by an officer, you are legally obligated to tell the cop your name and what you’re doing at that very moment. Other than that, remember the following sentences and most of all, be polite. No matter how pissed you are about what is happening and want to say something, don’t.
Interacting with police employees
Always document exchanges you have with police or those that you witness, preferably via video, if possible. Even better, stream the interaction in real-time to the Internet using a free smartphone application, which prevents it from being erased or tampered with should your equipment be stolen by police. In addition, it can help get the word out should you need support.
Filming your interactions has several advantages. Most importantly, it will help to safeguard you at that moment, as it very-likely will deter potential aggression, and it will act as an indisputable, objective, transparent record of the incident.
The deck is usually stacked against you in cases which come down to just your word against theirs. Filming captures an objective record of the exchange, making it easier for those who may later view video of the interaction to clearly see just who is the aggressor.
Memorize the Following Statements
“Yes” or “No” Answer questions with a simple “Yes” or “No”. Don’t elaborate, be brief in any questions asked. The cop maybe using the “Got Ya Game” Technique, which is impossible to win. Don’t fall for it.
Officer, am I free to go?
Am I being detained?
This question is important for several reasons. One is that certain rules regarding evidence that can be collected are dependent on whether you have been officially detained and whether the person stopping you has sufficient cause to detain you in the first place. Getting them on record regarding these issues can aid you greatly in the future if contesting such evidence becomes necessary.
Another reason to ask this is that it will serve as an indicator to the police employee you are interacting with that you are aware of your rights. While this doesn’t always make a difference, letting them know that you understand those rights and are willing to assert them will sometimes make them less likely to disregard them.
If you’re told “No”, then you can leave the scene. Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor.
If you’re told “Yes”, stay calm, cool, and collected. You can choose to remain silent or you can choose to engage.
If they start asking questions they have no business asking, keep politely repeating,
“I don’t answer questions”
If they ask to search,
“I do not consent to any search.” Repeat as necessary
If all fails,
“I’m going to remain silent. I would like to see a lawyer.”
Police employees default to being on the offensive. If you’ve not acted in the wrong remain confident in your actions. The police state thrives on fear and acquiescence.
Always strive to deescalate situations, and thus increase the likelihood you’ll leave under your own locomotion rather than under the control of a kidnapper. Again, if the interaction is streamed or video recorded you’re much better positioned to be able to share the facts of the situation.
Police employees can and do lie (something that their friends in legaland have claimed is perfectly acceptable) in an attempt to solicit information from you or to get you to admit to engaging in an action they believe gives them the right to kidnap and cage you or someone else (even though said action may not cause a victim). Be aware that such dastardly tactics may be employed and act accordingly.
In fact, police employees are actually trained in methods of deception designed to trick people into giving up their rights and/or cooperating against themselves and or their friends. They are taught to act friendly as if they want to help you in order to gather information, which eventually could be used against you or others. In addition, they are instructed to phrase questions in a way that they sound like statements (I’m going to _____, okay?) in order to trick you into giving consent.
If you do engage, answer questions with questions. Ask, “Where is the victim?”, “Why do you believe you have the right to prevent my freedom of movement?” etc. Treat the police employee no differently than you would someone not wearing the same costume who approached and questioned you.
More Rules of if Stopped by the Police
1. Be polite and respectful when stopped by the police. Keep your mouth closed.
2. Remember that your goal is to get home safely. If you feel that your rights have been violated, you and your parents have the right to file a formal complaint with your local police jurisdiction.
3. Don’t, under any circumstance, get into an argument with the police.
4. Always remember that anything you say or do can be used against you in court.
5. Keep your hands in plain sight and make sure the police can see your hands at all times.
6. Avoid physical contact with the police. No sudden movements, and keep hands out of your pockets.
7. Do not run, even if you are afraid of the police.
8. Even if you believe that you are innocent, do not resist arrest.
9. Don’t make any statements about the incident until you are able to meet with a lawyer or public defender.
10. Stay calm and remain in control. Watch your words, body language and emotions.
If you get arrested
“I’m going to remain silent. I would like to see a lawyer.”
Once arrested keep repeating this to all further questions. Then shut up until you talk to one. Don’t dig a hole with your mouth, it’s what they want and try to get you to do.
If arrested, and you thought ahead a little, ask or politely demand for this book to go with you to jail. Tell them it is your “legal paperwork”. You will get much more help from this book, then from any of them.
Police employees often make arrests they know to be without merit, simply as a way to harass those who question their claimed authority. Several vague “go-to” charges are often used for such purposes including, but not limited to, disturbing the peace, trespassing, obstruction, interfering with an officer/investigation, failure to follow lawful orders, etc. Police employees recognize that there is very little chance they will be held accountable for engaging in such petty tactics.
If you’re caught-up in that scenario, don’t panic. The world won’t end. Now is the time to engage in damage control and move-forward to mitigate any further harassment and to seek accountability for the real aggressors.
Write down a detailed summary of what unfolded. Create an objective overview that will bring someone totally unfamiliar with the incident up-to-speed.
You may have an inclination to put this off until later, but it’s actually very important to do so while the incident is fresh. Details that are now clear will become forgotten with the passage of time. Plus, you’ll see just how useful making time to tackle this really is when you realize that it’s actually a time-saver. Instead of repeating the same story multiple times to different people, you can just point them to your write-up.
Where did the interaction happen? What was going on immediately prior to the interaction? What was the date and time? Who were the parties involved? What were their badge numbers, employers, contact information? What was given as rationale for stopping you? What was said during the exchange?
Obtain as much related information as possible. The more comprehensive you are, the less-likely it is that frivolous charges will be levied against you and the more-likely it is that charges will be dropped.
Submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain all relevant objective information (i.e. footage from dashcams, bodycams, surveillance cameras, etc.) and if thought useful, and and all contact information or other data associated with the individual aggressor(s). Again, it’s not the Acme Police Department who acted but an individual employed by that outfit.