DPD has new 72 hour rule before police make statements about police shootings

DPD has new 72 hour rule before police make statements about police shootings

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    DPD has new 72 hour rule before police make statements about police shootings

    the Dallas police dept. implements a new rule that is designed to help cops get their stories strait so they don't get caught in lies about police shootings. the new rule is put into place after a Dallas police shoots an mentally ill man and claims he tried to attack them.

    An initial police report said officer Cardan Spencer shot Bennett after the 52-year-old lunged at him and another officer with a knife. But video captured by a neighbor's surveillance camera showed Bennett didn't appear to move toward the officers before he was shot and crumpled to the ground.
    NOTE: this rule does not apply to civilians, they get grilled and abused right away

    Shooting prompts change in Dallas police policy - Brownsville Herald: Texas
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    What a surprise? Even when they already have it on tape (most times) and on live recording!

    After a shooting incident...'regular' people are so emotionally stressed, physically drained, and mentally 'un-focused' that it should be 24-72 hours until they have to give a statement in the first place! They will continue to remember details as their mind 'balances' back out from the hyper-focusing that occurs when one is in a life-or-death situation in the first place!
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    They'll be giving the same courtesy to anyone else involved in a shooting?

    No, didn't think so.

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    I was taught this is the Academy 10+ years ago, say nothing to anyone not even close acquaintances, contact your attorney and wait a minimum of 24 hours before making a statement. It takes time for adrenaline etc to decrease so that you can recount what happened properly. I think if you have an attorney worth a shit they will know this, civilian or LEO. BTW this isn't new, a lot of PD and SO typically wait 24 hours min. for statements.
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    Non-LEO can use Miranda and say nothing. LEO to stay within policy can be required to make a statement so they are given time to compose themselves after a traumatic event.
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    We've had some very questionable LEO shootings around here lately. They always seem to get away with it. Basically as long as they claim they thought the dead guy was drawing something (they never are), a grand jury will do nothing.

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    Hi Jack ...yep, it's the shooter’s perception that counts.
    Odd part is LEOs have same responsibility in legally defendable shooting as any other civilian. There is no special class of super citizen, by virtue of their occupation.
    It is still ‘equal treatment’ under the law in the USA.
    LEOs shoot to defend themselves and others, as any citizen can shoot to defend themselves and others.
    IMO, it’s the media hype and some LEO unions which desire ‘special treatment’ for or against the police, but that isn’t in statutory law, nor should it be allowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamkaze View Post
    I was taught this is the Academy 10+ years ago, say nothing to anyone not even close acquaintances, contact your attorney and wait a minimum of 24 hours before making a statement. It takes time for adrenaline etc to decrease so that you can recount what happened properly. I think if you have an attorney worth a shit they will know this, civilian or LEO. BTW this isn't new, a lot of PD and SO typically wait 24 hours min. for statements.
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    In this case where a 17-YO was shot in the head in the backseat of a squad car the po-po hasn't said a word in weeks, much less 72 hours. The family is pissed, as you can imagine.

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    Sounds like they consulted our esteemed police department in New Orleans. But I can see why they don't want anyone to say anything. If not because of being hyped up and mid-remembering things... from a liability standpoint of the department. They don't want you saying ANYTHING until an attorney can review it and "approve" it.

    A number of years ago in New Orleans, the Head of the NOPD was rumored to have lowered the murder (death) rate by not allowing the coroner to declare a victim as deceased at the scene of any crime and then forcing ambulances to transport victims to hospitals outside of the city limits before they are pronounced dead by the coroner of that city. Since the death is then noted in another city, the death did not occur in New Orleans and doesn't count.
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