Reverse Interrogation?posted by Wesley Clark, Group AdministratorTuesday, December 7th 2010 @ 7:25 PM (2 ratings)
For lack of a better word, I will call this a "reverse interrogation." I was assigned to a robbery/car jacking one evening and my partner and I worked through the night. We were able to identify the three suspects in this investigation and eventually recovered the discarded sawed-off shotgun and the victim's vehicle. That evening we arrested 2 out of the 3 suspects and they both confessed to the crime. I picked up the third suspect a while later on a warrant. He immediately threw out an alibi..."I was with my girlfriend...you can check that out and she will tell you that!" He yelled at me stating..."You just picked me out because I am a black guy from Bridgeport!" I advised him of his Constitutional Rights and started the 30 minute drive back to the State Police barracks to process him on the robbery/car-jacking.
He started asking me questions about the case and I kept cutting him short. I told him we have a 30 minute ride back to the station...just sit there and be quiet. He kept prodding and "interrogating" me and I kept cutting him off...telling him I didn't need his side of the story...I have everything I need. I mentioned that I usually will spend time trying to get the people I arrest to tell me the truth, but I told him the I really don't need it in this case...I already have everything I need. I told him that what he has to say probably won't help me out at all.
By the time we arrived at the police barracks, the suspect stated "Alright...I will tell you everything!"
I brought him inside and he provided a detailed statement which turned out to be even MORE truthful than the other two who initially confessed. By approaching the suspect in this manner it actually instilled an internal desire for him to tell his side of the story.