Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Keep Quiet

After a significant use of force, and the situation is under control, be certain to control yourself.  While it is your duty to answer questions to insure that additional suspects are captured, and a proper report is made, it is also your right to insure that you do not incriminate yourself.

It is important after a major incident that you don't get yourself into trouble, not for what you did, but for what you said afterwards.  After the Rodney King arrest, one of the officers made comments to Mr. King that were considered later to be inflammatory.  Don't speak to the suspect if you don't need to talk to them. 

Don't make remarks that are insulting, demeaning, crude, disrespectful, or rude.  Don't make jokes to other people.  Don't speak badly about the suspect or the situation unless necessary to perform your duties.  As SGT Friday used to say, "Just the facts" that's also what the SGT Says.

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