Police Interrogation Case Study

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Summary Many individuals have been led to remember and confess to serious crimes that in fact, never occurred. This can come about when the individual is confronted with special interview tactics that are often used by police interrogators. The way that police interrogators interview potential suspects may have an impact on these false confessions. Many police interrogators use certain tactics in an attempt to lead individuals to remember crimes that did not occur, then causing false confessions. When interrogators make direct accusations, ask leading questions and provide negative feedback, individuals can often have a belief change. This occurs when there is a shift from belief in innocence to a belief that they may be guilty of the crime (Gudjonsson, Sigurdsson, Sigurdardottir, Steinthorsson & Sigurdardottir & 2014).
Issues with Interrogation Methods Many memory researchers have theorized that police interrogators use certain tactics that may lead individuals to recall crimes that never occurred, then leading to false confessions. Police interrogators often use certain memory retrieval techniques to allow individuals to confess to crimes that they did often did not commit. It has been found
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The only states that currently require videotaping of interrogations in some form are Alaska, Minnesota and Texas. A study that was conducted in 2001 concluded that “videotaping interrogations gave judges a greater ability to assess the voluntariness of confessions, led to an increase in convictions and plea bargains, n4 and led to fewer charges of police misconduct” (Drizin & Colgan 2001). Videotaping all police interrogations will allow for confessions to be analyzed and reviewed, if needed. The videotaping process can also protect honest police officers from false allegations that the interrogation was inappropriate or

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