April 29, 2010

Question of the day: Do you think police officers should lie to suspects during an investigation?

Posted: 08:23 AM ET

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Walter Kingsley   April 29th, 2010 8:29 am ET

I do not think that the police should lie to people, it only puts fear into the person and makes them nurvise and it does harm to the person's mind. They should always be truthfull.

Diane Sower   April 29th, 2010 8:32 am ET

After seeing people, especially juveniles, wrongfully convicted after hours, if not days of lying and exhausting them, I think it should be outlawed that police and detectives lie to possible suspects. Using that method has jailed many in innocent person, with the violent suspect still on the loose doing evil deeds.

Pam   April 29th, 2010 9:07 am ET

Yes, I think they should use EVERY technique to gain the upper hand. Criminals do not live by any rules. The police are already limited because of their own moral code as well as the law.

Candace Staley   April 29th, 2010 9:26 am ET

Absolutely, if it gets a criminal off the streets. Hey, if I knew lying to a criminal/murderer/rapist or any other bad guy would save a life or two, then lie, lie, lie!! Its a tactic!!!

Betty-Jo   April 29th, 2010 9:27 am ET

As long as they can get a confession then I see nothing wrong with the police lying to obtain it , as long as they don't bully a confession out of a suspect,

kyia wray   April 29th, 2010 9:28 am ET

Police Officers should not lie to suspects in interrogations room. Police officer's are suppose to truthful like anyone else. The prison system is filled with so many innocent people that were lied to in these so called interrogation rooms. After watching that detective on the stand as a person of color I have more distrust for the police.

james   April 29th, 2010 9:28 am ET

no i think they should'nt to people i mean why they have to lie to get a conviction

Lola in Bedford, Tx   April 29th, 2010 9:28 am ET

I believe the Police should lie to get to the truth. That is good detective work to a certain extent. We would have more unsolved cases if all Police officers became honest to criminals. Criminals are not honest so why should the officers.

nieka   April 29th, 2010 9:28 am ET

If i were the defendant, I would say what's fair for cops is fair for me. I would say that if the cops lie, I can also lie and when it comes time for court, I will tell the jury as i get on the stand..."it was a tactic to try and arrive at the truth, that's the reason I lied." Think it would go over well?

paula   April 29th, 2010 9:29 am ET

i think some times the police over does it by putting a lot of presure and just keep hounding you . <but also i would like to know if there was a gun pouder test done on him. thank you keep up the good work.

John   April 29th, 2010 9:29 am ET

Anything that may lead to a confession and saveing taxpayer money for a trial should be allowed. lets face it the defendants rarely tell the truth so fair is fair..

nigale   April 29th, 2010 9:29 am ET

I have no problem with a police officer telling lies, because if the defended is telling the truth he or she has nothing to worry about.

Keith   April 29th, 2010 9:30 am ET

Absulutly they should lie, as long as there just seeking the truth, and not knowingly trying just to solve a case.

Mark B.   April 29th, 2010 9:30 am ET

Absolutely not. Doesn't and didn't that lead to wrongful incarcerations?

pgrothie2   April 29th, 2010 9:31 am ET

Absolutely not!!! If suspects and all citizens are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth that should also go for the police officers too!!!

Teresa Shanklin-White   April 29th, 2010 9:31 am ET

No police officers sgould not lie to suspects and vice versa the suspect should not lie to the police officer. The police should not lie because he is only causing more problems in the case and he, or she is just making the trial more difficult than what it already is. When an officer lie to the suspect he is then showing the suspect that it is good for him, or her to lie as well and that is not a good look on the justice department. When I was in one of my criminal justice classes we were discussing interrogations and during this one interrogation there was a detective who forced a man into confessing to a crime he never committed and the alleged suspect who they forced to confess to the crime of murder had a lawyer and his lawyer requested that he go to a pysch dr and the doctor admitted him found out that this guy did not commit the crime that he was forced by a detective to make the confessions and this is the reason why the interrogations are now video and recorded.

My question is~~ Should a detective be allowed to sit in the court room and coach his witness "snitches' to answer yes or no to a questions by nodding his head no or yes when he want that individual to answer yes or no si they would no how to answer the question? Should this detective be allowed to sit in on the case?

Charley D   April 29th, 2010 9:32 am ET

I believe that police should absolutly be able to lie to suspects in search of the truth. Many cases would not have been solved if police didn't have a little wiggle room to extract more clues out of a suspect. If a suspect is innocent of the lie then they have nothing to worry about.

Laura from Indiana   April 29th, 2010 9:33 am ET

Witnesses,defendants, and anyone involved in a crime has there credibility questioned, if they lie, they are deemed NOT credible, The same should be for any officer of the law, Neither side should lie, and most definitley should be held NOT credible and therefore, a mistrial should be ordered.

diana hajen   April 29th, 2010 9:34 am ET

It all depends on the age. I never want to see an interrogation like the one of Michael Crowe.

tracey   April 29th, 2010 9:34 am ET

Investigators shouldn't lie. However, if they do lie, an innocent person shouldn't confess to something they didn't do.

(PAC) Trenton NJ   April 29th, 2010 9:35 am ET

I think police stating anything other than the truth could foster a false confession simply out fear. A suspect could be told "You will get the chair for this"thus leading to a false confession someone choosing the lesser of two evils to sort of speak.

james   April 29th, 2010 9:36 am ET

i dont think cops should lie to get a conviction or arrest or to blame i feel for mr. benton but i think he will win is trial its to many loop holes in it..

Tracey   April 29th, 2010 9:36 am ET

No, I don't think they should be able to lie during an investigation.I think they should always tell the truth about the crime during an investigation.If they can lie during an investigation.How do we know their not lieing about the whole case?Just to have the case close

John Lennon   April 29th, 2010 9:37 am ET

I think that if the police expect someone to give truthful answers, they should ask truthful questions. No they shouldn`t lie!!!

Anthony Murphy   April 29th, 2010 9:37 am ET

The police do not expect you to lie, so why should they lie to you. That is why some people get scared, mixed up and end up being charged for something they did not do.

shenika mcfarland   April 29th, 2010 9:39 am ET

no i don't think police should lie to the suspect to get anything out of them i look at it like this if your game is not tight and u have no evidence and you do not think they the one find some else to take over to do the job that can get them to tell what happen

james   April 29th, 2010 9:40 am ET

i dont think cops should'nt lie to get a conviction or arrest or to blame , i feel for mr. benton,but i think he will win is trial its too many loop holes in it

melvin   April 29th, 2010 9:40 am ET

Lieing to get a confession is legal if the suspect is mentally stable enough to know what's going on..Lieing to get a conviction is illegal.

Carol   April 29th, 2010 9:41 am ET

No, they don't want the suspect to lie, then they shouldn't lie either.

Jean Carroll   April 29th, 2010 9:44 am ET

No, No and NO! Police should not lie in any case to get anyone to tell the truth. The results of anyone lying almost always ends in wrongful conviction. Look what happen to the teenager who was lie to about his sister getting murder. The policemen lied to that child to make his commit to something he didn't do. A lie is a lie no matter who does it. Why do the Courts and the Law asks a wittness to raise their right hand and swear to tell the truth when they have also committed an unlawful act. When you put God into any situation do it with truthfulness. Thou shall not LIE

Jean Carroll
Fort Worth, Texas

kobe minter   April 29th, 2010 9:51 am ET

no they shouldnt lie during an investigation isnt that intrapment

Tiffany   April 29th, 2010 9:53 am ET

Why should it matter if a detective lies 2 a suspect or not at the end of the day u either did it or u didnt why should some one elses lie affect your true story!!!

Linda   April 29th, 2010 9:54 am ET

I do not think police officers should lie to suspects during an investigation because they should be held to the same standards as a witness. If they lie about one thing who is to say they are not lying about something else.

Miguel   April 29th, 2010 9:55 am ET

I believe police officers should not lie because they are here to protect and serve but why at the cost of a possible innocent victim?

nieka   April 29th, 2010 9:55 am ET

If the cops can lie during an investigation, then they should expect the same in return. Out the window with integrity on both sides I say. Its the fair way to be!

Jason   April 29th, 2010 9:55 am ET

Absolutely! If everyday people can lie, so should police if it is for a good purpose!

Tee   April 29th, 2010 9:57 am ET

Police Officers do not have to lie to get a confession. There are other "tactics" that can be used if in fact the person in question is guilty. The officer looks just as bad as the criminal when the lie backfires.

LeeLaY   April 29th, 2010 9:58 am ET

The police/investigators are just calling their bluff! If there is nothing to hide, the suspect shouldn't worry!

Steve Williams   April 29th, 2010 9:58 am ET

After reading a suspect his/her right to an attorney, I think the police should be allowed to use misleading tactics. If a suspect feel they are being falsely accused, they should request an attorney.

Jesse Burden   April 29th, 2010 9:58 am ET

Yes, because its a tactic used by the detectives to trick suspects into telling the some what truth. And then the detectives have to figure out the truth out the somewhat truth the suspect told.

Ruqayyah   April 29th, 2010 9:58 am ET

If a suspect is innocent than nothing the police say can change that. They need to tell the truth no matter what police say.

sean   April 29th, 2010 10:00 am ET

Its not what we as a public think, its how the police are trained and that is thier protocol (to lie) they always have and will. When do we as adults truly believe its "alright" to lie.

Mark   April 29th, 2010 10:00 am ET

No. Once upon a time, Police had integrity because they were respected figures in society. However, it is WELL known that police lie when it suits their agenda, so I have grown to expect it. It is such a common practice, I cant believe its even relevant. But then, its usually why innocent people go to jail.

Krystina   April 29th, 2010 10:01 am ET

I do not think the police should be able to lie to suspects during a criminal investigation. What does that say about the police that lie? They are lieing to get a confession, how can we trust the police if they can not be honest. A lie is a lie whether the suspect told it or whether the police told it. I am quite sure there are many other methods that the police can use in order to get a confession.

Shanell Taylor   April 29th, 2010 10:01 am ET

I think that sometimes it is ok to embelish the true when interrogating people because some people will not confess to a crime unless they feel like they are already busted. It can prompt some suspects to come clean about what they did.

yady   April 29th, 2010 10:01 am ET

They just using techniques to intimidate the suspect in question

Diane, Bethel, NY   April 29th, 2010 10:01 am ET

Anything that is said or done to get to the truth, is OK
I love Det. Quinn, I think he is smart, articulate, experienced and real cool

buffy   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

The police lies is a tactic thats funny a lie is a lie

Dee   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

I feel police officers may use whatever tactics are necessary in order to get the truth. If the person is in fact innocent, no tactics will be able to trip up the suspect. Truth is the key!

Dennis   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

Yes sometimes but not to overdue it.

al wieland hobe sound, florida   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

Absolutely NOT! police are paid to serve and protect. An innocent person is full of terror and fear if arrested and faces interrogation by police at THEIR descression. There is no reason to lie and I have never understood this procedure. The guilt will prevail if the person is guilty!!!!

Ryan   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

Why not, it is there job to get to the bottom of things and they have all the power to do so. It is hard to say someone did something by just one person calling them out, but in some cases that is all it takes.

TONY OLDEN   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

I don't see a problem with police lying to a suspect inorder to get a confession. That is why you should never answer any questions and request for an attorney.

angel hawkins   April 29th, 2010 10:02 am ET

I think they should be able to but, it should be told to the person they are questioning in the meranda rights just before questioning. angel rome,ny


Robert   April 29th, 2010 10:03 am ET

YES. America is one of the few countries in the world that cater to its criminals. Law Enforcement Officers hands are tied enough as it is with all the rights that criminals have. If telling a lie will lead to a confession then I'm all for it. The truth will prevail. If you don't have anything to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

Kay Meeks   April 29th, 2010 10:03 am ET

No! I do not think policeman should lie to suspects during an investigation. I live in Ga. and to me that makes the cops as low as the suspects using those tactics.

Tiffany   April 29th, 2010 10:03 am ET

yes, it's okay. criminals lie. when you deal with the devil you have to stoop to their level.

Ruth   April 29th, 2010 10:07 am ET

I believe wisdom is the principle thing. If the suspect is honest and has nothing to hide or trying to cover up his/her friends, then that shouldn't even be an issue. The issue should be the crime, and trying to put these mindless criminals in bars where they belong.
To answer the question, I don't think it's right but seeing we don't live in an honest society anymore, if that's what they have to do to get to the truth then by all means more grease to their elbow.
I'd rather be grateful for their works and efforts rather than condenmind them.

Katrina Greer   April 29th, 2010 10:07 am ET

It is never okay to lie as an officer of the "LAW"! When civilians lie to officers, we can be charged with obstruction.


Elizabeth Shaw   April 29th, 2010 10:08 am ET

I think that an officer / investigator should use any means necessary to get a criminal off the streets, "ANY MEANS NECESSARY"

Davionte Jackson   April 29th, 2010 10:10 am ET

I think no. If they want us to play by their rules then they should play by their rules also... its not fair if they lie.

Amour   April 29th, 2010 10:12 am ET

I'm very well aware that police officers and detectives try to obtain information that is needed in order to solve a case , however, I don't think lying is a good way to do it. It's sad that they think this is ok and it's part of the "process" but to me it's a simple trap.Now I'm not educated with police rules of conduct but lying is intrapment in my book. I have seen several interrogations where the police has lied to a "suspect" (and even some witnesses) only to gain fabricated information from the person who's being interrogated because they are scared ,and fall victim to the bullying and cocky behavior of many police officials. I have witnessed people admitting to crimes they never even committed questioning their own memories because they are being trapped into a lie that was conjoured up by these police officeres.

Steven   April 29th, 2010 10:12 am ET

I believe police officers are thought of as honorable people and honorable people do not lie.

Tim Cook   April 29th, 2010 10:13 am ET

Question of the Day:

Trickery is an age-old method of police tactics, and an effective one.

Many valid confessions have come from rattling suspects in this way,
and bending the truth can often draw out the truth in an interview.

Canyon, TX

Kathleen Smith   April 29th, 2010 10:14 am ET

Of course, police should lie to suspects! If the suspect has done nothing wrong, he/she has nothing to worry about! Bravo to the detectives for good police work!

shirley katy, texas   April 29th, 2010 10:15 am ET

Absolutely not! Police, like parents should be setting an example. If it is ok for the police to lie then why isn't it ok for everyone else. There are other ways to catch criminals. this is one of the many reasons the police do not get the respect they should have. Police should be setting examples of how to act in society. Beating and lieing is not what we want in our civilized world.

John   April 29th, 2010 10:16 am ET

If the police bring you into the station and sit you down in an interview room, and they say to you, we have you on video stabbing this guy. An innocent person would immediately say "no you don't". A guilty person will hesitate to answer as his mind trys to grasp if the police officer is lying to him or not. These investigative techniques work!

Caprice   April 29th, 2010 10:17 am ET

No because once read miranda rights suspects are bound by what they say so police officers should also be bound by what they say. They need to set an example regardless.

Pierre   April 29th, 2010 10:22 am ET

If Law Officials Are Going To Lie,Then That Sends A Bad Message.."Not Every Police Officer, Plays By The Rules"...!

Shareese C.   April 29th, 2010 10:24 am ET

I don't think they SHOULD, but I understand why it's necessary. There are certain things I don't think they should be able to lie about.

Beejay N   April 29th, 2010 10:24 am ET

Its ok as long as the person being questioned,is not harresed for hours at a time.As seen on 20-20 or dateline.People were forced to break even when they were not guilty.Feel all interigations should be video taped.

Donna O'Neal   April 29th, 2010 10:26 am ET

What ever it takes to get the bad guy. There are too many loop holes in the justice system as it is for the criminal and it's not right. Fair has noting to do with it. Criminal do not get the punisment they deserve in todyay's system.

Bob   April 29th, 2010 10:29 am ET

After Watching In Session for years, I would have to say that police souldn't have the oppportunity to lie. If a person is a suspect, then he should choose to remain silent. Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.

Jay L Jung   April 29th, 2010 10:32 am ET

Viewing these trials, I conclude ultimate factual "truth" is almost impossible to find. Police have a tough job and real world tactics, including lying, need to be used to identify the guilty.

Angel   April 29th, 2010 10:33 am ET

I don't think that officers should lie during an investigation for several reasons. One main reason, that people don't trust police anyway and it gives law enforcement a bad name.

kimberly street   April 29th, 2010 10:34 am ET

I don't think police shoul

d lie unless absolutely necessary or the potential suspect is being untruthful and they can prove him wrong by playing around the truth.

Gwen   April 29th, 2010 10:35 am ET

No I do not think the police should lie to the suspect. They lie to them to try and get them to confess, when just maybe the suspect is NOT GUILTY. Michael Crow for example. What that poor kid went through when he was not guilty. No way for any reason.

Alvarado, Texas.

angel hawkins   April 29th, 2010 10:38 am ET

I think it's bad investgating if you have to lie to a suspect.It's using evidence that they don't have.I think once the detective or the detectives keeps lying over and over to a suspect, the suspect and even the detective starts believeing the lie.I think then,that's when the detectives get tunnel vision angel rome,ny

Alphonso simmons   April 29th, 2010 10:38 am ET

I dont think they should lie to the suspect during the investigation process. I think they should tell the truth during the process because the lie Would mess with the case and cause lies to get tangled up. But they should leave out some key points that only that person who commited the crime would know.

dano   April 29th, 2010 10:41 am ET

I personally don't think there's anything wrong with police officers lying or bending the truth to get some critical info. If you are innocent really what difference does it make. These young thugs have be taken of the streets by whatever means.

Miriam Anne Plack   April 29th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.

cheryl   April 29th, 2010 10:41 am ET

I think that they can lie to people they are questioning to get at the truth.A lot of the time people won't step forward with the truth unless they think they are cornered. The only problem I would have if they manufactured evidence to find someone guilty during a trail.

ron   April 29th, 2010 10:41 am ET

not at all, but why is it legal for the police to do it, while the one being questioned can be charged for it ?????? if they lie for this whats to stop them lying about the evidence ?

Brenda Pugh   April 29th, 2010 10:42 am ET

Vinnie: I see no problem with police officers lying to potential suspects trying to obtained the truth. If you are telling the truth, it does not matter what tactic is used. The truth is the truth. They can twist it and add to it – the truth is the truth.


Dave   April 29th, 2010 10:43 am ET

Suspects lie.. proven fact..
Police Lie.. proven fact..

I believe that the end justifies the means..If the police use this method to bring a killer to justice.. then so be it..

Don   April 29th, 2010 10:44 am ET

The Bible says it is a sin to lie, no matter what the circumstance maybe. "Thou shall not lie nor bear false witness."

Stacey   April 29th, 2010 10:44 am ET

I do not agree with the police being able to lie to glean confessions. How can it be right that suspects cant lie but the investigators can lie to get confessions that in themselves many times are lies. I don't understand how any confession obtained in this manner can be admissable.

Mickey   April 29th, 2010 10:45 am ET

I would want a police officer to do whatever (but within the law) is necessary to come to the truth of a love one's victimization. I do not think it is illegal for a police officer to lie during an interrogation. So if an officer lies to get to that truth then so be it.

cheryl   April 29th, 2010 10:48 am ET

NO! I do not. I've never been in trouble with the law, but lying to a suspect could lead to entraptment. I do not think it is fair.

Tammy   April 29th, 2010 10:53 am ET

NO, investigators should not lie to suspects UNLESS they have a large amount of evidence (such as gun powder residue on their hands, the weapon, etc) In the Devonni Benton case, there is too much conflicting evidence. I want to know what the investigators did to interrogate Clarence Carter since some witnesses say the shooter had dreadlocks, NOT a mohawk! Thank you!

Anthoni   April 29th, 2010 10:53 am ET

Yes, I believe it is ok. If the suspect sticks to the truth then a lie from the police officers shouldn't matter.

catherine   April 29th, 2010 10:54 am ET

every has the right to say what they think but just because they are the law why should they lie to get some too say that they did the crime and why is it that we cant do it the law shinks cause when they do lie to get you to say that you did it it still did'nt work he still did not say he did it i watch this every morning and to me when an officer of the law set htere mind to one person that's who they go after why rule any one else out until they get the real thruth.

Yvonne K   April 29th, 2010 10:56 am ET

No, if a thorough investigation would have been done,it would not have been a need for a lie to be told by the officer. This whole case was full of lies from the detectives to the witnesses. How could the investigator be satisfied with one guy without a thorough investigation.

virginia   April 29th, 2010 10:57 am ET

I don't think they should lie because lieing gets you nowhere it just make's things worst..But if they feel that they need to lie then they have to do what they feel is right.

James Turner   April 29th, 2010 10:57 am ET

If you are being questioned by the police. You should never answer question without your lawyer present! Never!

Octavia   April 29th, 2010 10:59 am ET

The police don't have the right to lie. When they lie what do that say about them. The the reason a lot of poeple are doing time for crimes they didn't commit.

Xenia   April 29th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Police lie in an investigation to get the truth out of the suspect. I think they should lie to the suspect to get closer to solving the case and unanswered questons that couldn't be answered clearly.

damian   April 29th, 2010 10:59 am ET

I think there is no problem with them lying. if it keeps bad guys/girls away from my family!

moneque atl. ga.   April 29th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Not at all, it makes it very hard to trust any police officer. Even the few honest ones.After seeing that I would have second thoughts of saying anything. I want my lawyer.

frederick   April 29th, 2010 11:01 am ET

If that is what it takes to get the truth , yes they should.

Mike Marsh   April 29th, 2010 11:03 am ET

Of course. Since their job is to get at the truth of an often chaotic criminal situation, they have to be able to use every legal method they can to arrive at the truth. What purpose would be served by not allowing them to lie? If they are forbidden to lie, how would they ever be able to get at the truth? Defendants would have another avenue to pursue at trial to get off. This would not serve the interests of justice or society.

Le'Kita   April 29th, 2010 11:06 am ET

I think it is ok & sometimes neccessary for detectives to lie, if you are innocent no matter the lies YOUR truth can not be swayed. Sometimes a Det.'s lies brings out the truth in a suspect. It's just pure trickery but if you're innocent it won't matter either way!

johnette   April 29th, 2010 11:11 am ET

I think they need to do whatever needs to be done to catch a criminal, including lie.

Crystal   April 29th, 2010 11:12 am ET

If lying is going to lead to a confession or the truth I say the police should lie. If the suspect is not guilty the police lying shouldn't have any affect on the suspect what so ever

Stacey   April 29th, 2010 11:15 am ET

no, they should not.

Danielle   April 29th, 2010 11:24 am ET

No,I do not think its the right thing to do as for as the police, lying to a suspect. When the police lie to their suspects,it confuses them and in their mind,they are very scared,so they're liable to say anything to end the conversation.

Dmac4445   April 29th, 2010 11:33 am ET

No, they should be able to badger a person to a cofession, your guest spoke about an intellectual advantage, interrogation training and experience should give you advantage over lay people, they did not need to blatantly lie, by using words like I think or i believe in my opinion, evidence will show people may say, all of these are truthful introductions. You cannot be shady to catch shady people. Its wrong and you are no better than the criminal.

Dave Ross ------ Atlantic City , New Jersey   April 29th, 2010 11:36 am ET

Police should be allowed to use any tactic they can to find out if a suspect is being truthful. If I am accused of committing a crime it would not matter to me what anyone else said regarding my guilt or innocence as long as what I am saying is the absolute truth. The truth is easy to remember, it's the lies that are made up that people have trouble keeping straight in their heads

Margaret Rubio from albuquerque nm   April 29th, 2010 11:37 am ET

yes i do because thats the only way tthey can get answers and a real confession they havve to do what is best even if its lying

Mack   April 29th, 2010 11:38 am ET

Investigators have been lying to suspects, citizens, and anyone else who they think are potentially at fault in order to obtain a conviction for years and years. So do i think it's wrong?? Well we tell our kids and everyone else its wrong to lie right, but only when its convenient for us its ok.. No its all wrong!! Police officers have a duty to be role models and have the upmost integrity and morals..They are hired on that merit alone. Criminal background checks are preformed before hire and one of the things they look for before hire is HONESTY!!

Dan Sil   April 29th, 2010 11:42 am ET

Cops Lie No Way!!! Come on everyone knows that cops lie in all interagations. You have to know that if your completely innocent of a crime you are not going to admit you did it. Alot of times this stratagy will lead police officers to the truth. For example, if this kid didnt do it, but knows who did, he may now release information to the cops they didnt know if he thinks they have him on camera doing something he didnt do.
This is a great strategy for law enforcement to use because i feel alot of times it helps innocent people in a crime. Also law enforcement can study the reaction of the defendent after they are told the lie. Body language and reaction to this can tell alot of the integrety of a person. So to answer your question yes, absolutly. you have to remember the cops are usually the under dog in these types of situations,

Margaret Rubio from albuquerque nm   April 29th, 2010 11:56 am ET

i do believe the police investigators do a good job at doing thier job

Derwin Richardson   April 29th, 2010 11:57 am ET

Yes, police should be able to lie. The truth does not change. If a suspect is telling the truth then he/she should stick to the truth. But when they are lying people try to adjust their lies according to what they think the know facts are, in order to make the lie believable That's how they get caught.

Cheri   April 29th, 2010 11:58 am ET

I know that the police do lie to suspects, but I have a problem with that. If they are telling false stories and presenting them as facts, if the suspect is innocent but thinks the police have more information on him than they do, or if he thinks someone else has told the police something they haven't he may say anything to get himself out of trouble or may even make a false confession. I understand the police most of the time are up against professional liars, and yes they should have some lee way, but where does the lies end and the truth begin? I would have a difficult time believing a coffession concocted from a lie.

Gina & Eric Boston MA   April 29th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

We are suppose to be able to TRUST our police they are here to serve and protect . so how are we gonna trust them if they LIE to us!!

DADDYT   April 29th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

If it was my daughter or son that was shot...then lie, cheat or steal to find out the truth. Lying to an officer of the law means you have something to hide.

Jess   April 29th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

If it can get to the truth, I don't see why not. If the suspect is truly innocent, then it won't harm or incriminate them.

Terry Rowland   April 29th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

Absolutely not, they get upset when they are lied to, they want the truth, why should suspects not be given the same courtesy, after all we are in America where "Innocent UNTIL proven guilty" is still the law

Justin   April 29th, 2010 12:14 pm ET

Of course it is ok! I hope knowone thinks that the suspect or the person that is being interviewed is lying do you? If you did nothing wrong then you have nothing to worry about..

Quinette Herrington   April 29th, 2010 12:14 pm ET

Yes I think that officers should be able to lie to suspects during an investigation because it sometimes intimidate the suspect and make them feel guilty so they break down and confess. It will be one less criminal/murderer on the streets. If it works, why not do it. If they did not do it then they have nothing to fear.

beswerda   April 29th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO the police should never lie to a suspect.they dont like it when a suspect lies 2 dont they? my opinion is,the american justice system ,needs a lot of help.and its very unfair,in most cases.

marcus   April 29th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

if the police have to lie to get da truth out of a suspected felon....then so be it

Tiffany McDowell   April 29th, 2010 12:28 pm ET

Both yes & no.
yes to get the truth out but no because they wouldn't want to be lied to so why do it

hazel fortunati   April 29th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

I believe that if a person is innocent it shouldn't matter what the police or anyone else says you have the truth on your side. So yes I think police should be able to use whatever lying if that's what it takes!

Felicia Smith   April 29th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Absolutely, not. If they expect the truth, they should not be allowed to coherce suspects for the sake of a confession.

Dorothy M.   April 29th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

Police should absolutely lie to suspects if it gets them to admit the truth! After all, the suspect is lying to police until he finally admits his guilt, so it works both ways.

India Anderson   April 29th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

I dont think the police should lie during their investigation. How are you asking the suspects to be HONEST, but then you turn around and be DISHONEST. Its unfair and its just not right!

Kevin Gruber   April 29th, 2010 12:35 pm ET

Yes I do think the police should be allowed to lie to get suspects to admit their crime(s). If we start taking each and every tool they use, away from the police, we might as well not even arrest suspects.

Heather, Medina, Ohio   April 29th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

I do not think the police should be able to lie, because they lie not just to suspects in the case they lie to other people involved in the case and a lot of times they also lie on the stand in court and unfortunately get away with it.

Sharita Jackson   April 29th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

no i dont think they should lie to the suspect they should tell the truth if they want the truth from the suspect thats only fair

Edmund Allen   April 29th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

Police should be allowed to do almost anything but put their hands on a suspect

Clarence   April 29th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

The police should be able to lie simply because people who commit crimes lie and do whatever they cam to cover it up. If the police need to lie to get to the truth so be it. Get the job do as long as they get the truth.

key-key & tutsey   April 29th, 2010 12:38 pm ET

no i feel police should not be able to lie to suspects to get them to confess to any crime for one they should have enough evidence from the start to convicted the person. lying to any one is not right.

moneque atl. ga.   April 29th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

Once you tell one lie you have to tell another to cover up the first matter who you are or why you lie a lie is a lioe. So should we believe him?

Ray   April 29th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

If police were not allowed to lie, crimes would never get solved. It would be rediculous to base the "true facts" of a case on what a suspect describes as the truth.

ruth   April 29th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

NO. Absolutley NOT. if they lie, how are we trust them.

Ernestine R. McCoard   April 29th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Police should not lie to suspects. Police are held up as role models to our children - how can we in all honesty - hold someone up if he lies and is deceptive. Police, in the black community, are not generally held in high esteem, because of the fact the they do lie and are deceptive in their dealings and interactions in many cases.

Anthony R.   April 29th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

Personally, I believe when being investigated into any crime, certain tactics should be allowed, but when a person's life-and freedom is at stake, lying should be negated. How is it that our government requires its citizens to refrain from lying at all costs, yet propose those same paradoxes when trying to get the truth from someone? Secondly, how can lying be implemented in court, and as sufficient evidence to coarse a confession from someone? This shows an imbalance in our judicial system, and shows that our government are crooks themselves, and care less about the safety of its citizens, but care more on image and working capital.

Janie Irvin   April 29th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

I don't think the investigators should lie to get to the truth, most people are scared or nervous when being interviewed for a crime. There is a big problem with Black America when It comes to crimes and being interviewed by investigators, they are always thought of as liars, so knowing this has always been true, why would the police lie to the person. If the public is charged for lying to the police, why can they lie to the public and get away with it, this is a double standard. If they do their job correctly without being judgmental they will get to the truth.

Jodi in Idaho   April 29th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

I think the police should use what ever tactics they need short of violence to get these thugs off the streets. I know I feel safer with them on trial. Let the system do the rest. Keep up the good work.

Lee Henderson   April 29th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

I thought that you could trust the police. If they are aloud to lie how could you trust them. Also what should i tell my Grand children about the police. If we let police lie then why should the criminal tell the truth.

Vanessa Doss   April 29th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

no law officer should be allowed to make their case. That one of the many reasons people don't trust them. who can say when they stop lying – whether about beatings, tasings etc.

anomymous   April 29th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

police investigators can lie as long as they don't scare the suspect and elicit response from the suspect out of fear. they can trick him, but if it deem that the suspect's response was imminent to save himself during interrogation, the response should be void.

mike   April 29th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Anyone who is innocent of the crime being discussed, and know for a fact that they are innocent have nothing to fear from this tactic, the only people that should have a problem with this tactic is people who would have something to hide. and I believe that the police use this tactic to get a reaction from the subject, and decide if they are on the right track in thier investigation. I have no problem with this at all.

Rob   April 29th, 2010 1:09 pm ET

I don't think detectives should lie because it can only cause confusion and make the investigation harder

John   April 29th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

Everyone or no one.

An interview/interogation is a chess game of information. I don't mind if the police lie, if the interviewee can also have the right and privilage to lie without it being held against them later.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Chase   April 29th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

People please stop feeling and thinking all of these worthless emotions. They teach these tactic from the police academy on up.. Its legal and its the LAW....we are allowed to LIE!!!

Georgeann Pope   April 29th, 2010 1:10 pm ET

No, police should not be allow to lie. That is why it is getting harder for witnesses to come forward. Nobody wants their word to be twisted for the benefit of gettting a confession, when it is not exactly thr truth of what the witness is saying.

M Laisne   April 29th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

Absolutely! No amount of lying changes the truth.

ms.walker   April 29th, 2010 1:21 pm ET

No they should lie at all because if they want the truth they should give it no matter what...

Linda Cannella   April 29th, 2010 1:26 pm ET

If every guilty person came in and told the truth, Police would only need an in and out door. Do whatever it takes, if your innocent it will make no different.

Jason Dunbar   April 29th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

Heck yes if your innocent your not going to admit to something you didn't do!

john c   April 29th, 2010 1:33 pm ET

It's hard to play a liar's game being honest. They are not going to play by anyone's rules but theirs. To catch a liar one has to be a liar.


MJ   April 29th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

ABSOLUTELY! As a tool to get to the truth it might be necessary. If the person being questioned is telling the truth it shouldn't matter.

Jewell S   April 29th, 2010 1:39 pm ET

It's fine as a tactic. It gets the person to tell the truth or even catch them in a lie. If the person did not do the crime, no matter the tactic to force them to admit it, there would be nothing to convict them. The police department should have the upper hand not the criminals!

William.M   April 29th, 2010 1:43 pm ET

They should'nt lie because u cant get no trueth fom a lie,so if they want the whole trueth they should be askin questions using facts! (The Flip side) The should be able to because no matter what police lie and say they can prove,if u really innocent then u already know the trueth so who caresif they lie!?!?

dolores folk   April 29th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

police take psychology while in training, this should be enough to

get the truth. lying makes them look bad in the public eye.

sheryl Ray   April 29th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

No One Should Lie To Any One! It Is Consider Content Of The Law In Court!

Christine   April 29th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

In order to elicit confessions from perpetrators, it is necessary to use such tactics as lying. Expecting one to merely come forth without provocation of any kind is unlikely and unrealistic. It rarely happens. It is a psychological mind game that cops must play. Yes, it is true that some have gone too far at times in order to obtain confessions, but sadly there are bad apples in every profession.

montrice   April 29th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

I believe that police shouldn't lie to get the truth because when getting interrogated police tend to lie then the suspects began to lie....peace detetive quinn

CJBAvaro   April 29th, 2010 2:17 pm ET

I agree with:

Pam April 29th, 2010 9:07 am ET

"Yes, I think they should use EVERY technique to gain the upper hand. Criminals do not live by any rules. The police are already limited because of their own moral code as well as the law."

Sometimes it takes a stretch of truth to bring out the truth.

S. Black   April 29th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

No, I do not agree with the investigators lying to get a confession about a crime. If the person did/didn't do it, the facts will play out.

Brian K   April 29th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

Police should NOT be allowed to lie tyo suspects. We are charged with a crime if we lie to cops so why should they be allowed to lie without penalty. Lieing is also a good way to solicate a false confession. We have too many of them to start with. If an officer has truth and evidence on his side, they don't need to lie. Besides, you can get the answer you need without deception if one is questioned properly. In a lot of areas across the country police have credibility issues in their community and lieing to people doesn't help that, if anything it makes it worse for them and their department.

Mrs. Hinson   April 29th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

I do not feel it is ok for law enforcement to lie in order to obtain information. It affects the integrity of the case on several levels. It is ok to follow a lead or question however, it is your profession therefore you should have effective questioning or interrogation skills in efforts to obtain what you need to know. If a person lies, they get charged so why is it ok for detectives to do so. Peform the duties of your job, do your own investigating and prove with facts. I recommend more psychology training for law enforcement perhaps justice would for once be understood and applied accurately, and effeciently which would prevent some the injustice many endure today.

Crystal A, Lowell NC   April 29th, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Police can say whatever they want even if its a lie, but we the people cant lie or we are deem not a crediable person..

Melissa   April 29th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

No. Because the truth will prevail and also if they lie and pressure someone to confess, it might, MIGHT be viewed as entrapment.

Bales   April 29th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Police investigators should not LIE to get answers. It only makes the person want to lie even more. I think they should come up with a different tactic to get truthful anwers. It's just disgusting watching the interview between the defendent and the officers. They were just disgusting!

Brian K   April 29th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

No, police shouldn't be allowed to lie. At a time of 24 hour news, we see more about cops breaking the law than ever before and they should do anything to elevate their credibility in their community. Lieing to people doesn't help with this. It can and does solicate false confessions. Allowing lies also is a hypocrisy issue, we are chareged for lieing to cops but they aren't charged for lieing to us. This a double standard we don't need.

Mary   April 29th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

I think it is ok for the police to lie to a suspect. If the suspect is telling the truth and doesn't have anything to hide, then it doesnt matter what the police say!!! That tactic will only work if the suspect is not telling the truth..

MARILYN   April 29th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

No I don't think you should be able to lie to a suspect. Lying is wrong period. If you can't build your case on truths and evidence then there is a real problem with the case altogether. Too many people have been hung out to dry when the case was built on lies.

Lisa Love   April 29th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

This defense attorney is a hypocrite. Didn't he just say he lied to the candy lady. I believe the police did nothing wrong here. They deal with people who lie to them all the time. If the truth is bent to find a missing or murdered child then so be it. They must do everything possible to be the victims advocate.

Bullhead City, AZ

cameron   April 29th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

No i do not think they should becuause if the supect iz not leing then they should not

CK   April 29th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

Sure they should if your innocent you have nothing to worry about besides all you have to do is say 4 little words and they can no longer question you about anything lie or truth and that is I WANT A LAWYER then you have nothing to worry about. Besides why shouldn't the police lie to catch a criminal. God knows the criminals are going to lie to the police. Those tactics are how many a ciminal get caught.

Nancy - Boston, MA   April 29th, 2010 2:40 pm ET

Police always have used many manipulative tricks to get people to confess, I don't think it should be used only because forensic science has come along way.

Linda   April 29th, 2010 2:41 pm ET

I want to know why they used those kinds of tactics on Benton and not the other boys? I do believe they should have focused more on Clarence then on Benton beings it is being told he did it, and I think Benton"s case should be dismissed and they follow up on the other boy.

moneque atl. ga.   April 29th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

So if I had a badge which gives me the right to potect people places and things I also have the right to not only lie but to under cover lie under oat using my authorities to make me free of my wrong doing under mans law. There is a higher law that ois Gods law. To many citiz.are behide bars that are innocent.It is written in the bible beleiveth in no man but beleiveth in Me. All I hear is I want my blue ribbon,my star, my A, pat on the back job well done.I don't have time for this,my question is do det. And police get a raise after the job is done?

LaToya   April 29th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

It really doesn't matter what the police say, if you are telling the truth, they can lie as much as they want then your story should not change. The truth will set you free!

Brenda from Pa   April 29th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

It appears the victim is always forgotten except by law enforcement. By whatever means it takes to get the truth–so be it. i hate suspects have more rights than a victim!
Brenda from Pa

J. Young   April 29th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

Question of the day: Do you think police officers should lie to suspects during an investigation? No, the police are supposed to be upright and trusted. Although we know most of them lie anyway it is still wrong. If we were to lie to them during an investigation we would have to suffer the consequences if the truth ever comes out. They should be held to the same standards. Allowing them to lie would make an already strained relationship even more so.

Sunnshine   April 29th, 2010 2:52 pm ET

Are you kidding me "LIE to get the TRUTH" how rediculous does that sound. Police are held to a higher standard, NO they should not lie. Lying is no guarantee that you're going to get the end result that you are looking for it just makes them like the criminals, and if you take those lies into to court then oh boy, our judicial system will really be wack.

Shelby   April 29th, 2010 2:53 pm ET

No a policrman, a dectetive or an investigator should never lie to
anyone to get to the truth.What makes the policeman, dectective,or
investigator's lie any more believable than the person they are trying to convict.They supposed to be trained to get to the truth and not stup
to the same level as a criminal. To willful lie to someone to entrap that
person is dangerous proceedings. Any lie is a lie, is a lie. And a
liar is a liar is a liar so who comes out ahead. gather evidence on
a defendant to convict him/her. Then you can fill good about yourself.

Becky   April 29th, 2010 2:59 pm ET

Seems to me the police were trying to set him up from jump.. They wanted him to be the killer. Quicker they have a suspect and a conviction, the better they look.. They have nothing but conflicting testimony and I don't believe the prosecution has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he did this. I don't think he did..

keith   April 29th, 2010 3:02 pm ET

you have to understand that people lie, they will do this in all kinds of situations from just talking to friends to talking to the police, now you need to remember that when people are talking to the police, they automaticaly become standoffish the reason is because of the false perception the pubic has about police officers. so the officers in some situations would have to lie in order to get subjects to tell the truth. although it is not recomened to do so.

afranklin   April 29th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

Why should they lie if they feel that they have the proof that shows the person fits the crime...let the evidence speak for itself.

Ron   April 29th, 2010 3:07 pm ET


These aren't Jedi mind-tricks. BUT, if you truly believe that you are prone to admitting to murder charges when simple trickery is used, then simply ask for an attorney, invoke your 5th amendment right, and remain silent.

Police have to speed in order to catch speeders; police have to shoot in order to protect themselves from shooters; and the police have to lie in order to catch lairs.

Bea   April 29th, 2010 3:07 pm ET

This is the reason why some people have a problem with talking with the police. It just turn the community against them more. Police also lie on the stand, set people up and etc. A lie is a lie. It is so wrong!!!

Eric   April 29th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

I don't think the police should lying as a scare tactic,because police officer don't like when their potential suspect to lies to them. Forensic science has advanced so much that even if they don't get a confession they have strong evidence.

Steve O   April 29th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

Absolutely not. It is entrapment !!!! It is illegal to lie to a court or to an officer how can the cops use the same tactics as the criminals. It is pure arrogance and corrupt police work.
Steve O

Sheri   April 29th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Why should police lie? That only adds complication to a bad situation. As a victim of a situation where a investigator lied to get answers or pump fear, I do not agree. There are other tactics that can be used but lying only makes bad worse.

mandrake   April 29th, 2010 3:41 pm ET

i dont think police should lie because its a easy way to get someone hurt if the person is convicted of something he or she did not do

cynthia taylor   April 29th, 2010 3:42 pm ET

due to the violence in our streets, on campus and in neighborhoods,apparently the criminals are not thinking of killing innocent bystanders. yes i think the police have the right to do whatever is necessary to solve all crimes. it is ashame that some individuals have lost respect for human life. thou shall not kill.

Helen Ohio   April 29th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

Did Devonni Benton have his lawyer present, in the room when he was being interrogated? In the video I did not see a lawyer for him. Where his Rights violated?

william   April 29th, 2010 3:59 pm ET

No I think they should not be able to lie in any circumstance, even during interrogation. When they lie, especially during interrogation the police lose the respect of the common citizen. Therefore people are sometimes hesitant to come forward and assist police with information that is helpful for an investigation. Neighborhoods that are affected by crime are affraid of retaliation from criminals. When cops lie they only discredit themselves.

nicky   April 29th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

I think the police has every right to lie to a suspect whether he or she did a crime or not. That in fact helps a police to get what ever evidence they need to investigating a situation. In fact it does not matter if the police is lying or not because however the suspect should not have did the crime in the first place. However a question to the lawyer how would you feel if someone comitted a crime to your child you have raised for 19 years?

jblair   April 29th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

Yes, if it will get them to talk. After all, the suspects sit there and lie hour after hour, To be able to speak with them, you have to speak their language.

TERISE   April 29th, 2010 4:20 pm ET

The phrase( you know what it is) has a lot of differnt meanings to it I know because I lived in the project or the. (hood).

Roger Kirwin   April 29th, 2010 4:21 pm ET

Police should not be able to tell lies as a form of police tactics. Because thats exactly how a police investigation can go wrong. The police then are manufacturing a case because of there own feelings about who might be the guilty party, instead of going with the facts. This case is a perfect example of how the state can build a case around the wrong man. And think about the money wasted in taking the wrong man to trial, and not to say what about the law suite to follow against state. Just look at the waste of the tax payers money to just hurry up and get a conviction of anybody, so that the police can look like they are doing there job. We teach are children not to lie, so why should we as adults have double standards!

Roger   April 29th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

But if a suspect should lie to the police it is a crime, where is the justice in that. I think there a lot of crooked cops out there and they should get what they have coming when caught lying, i.e. suspension, termination. Cops are egocentrical, and should be watched probably more than the suspects, they are not innocent and should be considered criminal as wel as the suspects they interrogate with suspecious allegations.

Jennifer   April 29th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

I think Detective Quinn should have his own show on T.V.
He's witty and cocky and I like it.

Roger Kirwin   April 29th, 2010 5:01 pm ET

And about the prosecutor cross examining Demetrias. I think it was unfair to him and the defence. Street lingo is a form of are every day life. And when someone from the street expains to the court what that means we should respect that. Because you can't write down on the report slang terminology it has to be explained under oath. In are day and age we live with slang terminology. And sometimes YOU NO WHAT IT IS!

MJ   April 29th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

What a disrespectful, thug Mr. Mitchell is! Did you notice the nice little eye contact and head nod to his friend Mr. Benton as he was leaving the stand? Now who's lieing?

kiome   April 29th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Its a lie when the person confess to the crime...

Debra N. Lafayette   April 29th, 2010 5:32 pm ET

I do not think it is morally right for a sworn in officer who is there for truth and justice to be allowed to use his or her authority to lie. It does not look good in the civillians eyes to sit there and watch our police mentors do the unthinkable by lieing to get confessions. If that is the case in all interrogations than I think the officers are no better off than the lier or thief down the road. Officers have a code of conduct to follow, what is it teaching our little ones? Please, lets keep our justice system fair.

Ashley   April 29th, 2010 5:37 pm ET

Police lie in ways that only will get you to tell the truth, which you should do anyway. Saying I have footage of what happened, should not change your response, it only gets you to confess because you think they will know either way. If they tell you that they have footage and you are innocent, you still have nothing to be afraid of. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. If we were not involved in something you were, if you were you were. Saying they have evidence they don't have doesn't change what the truth is. I think there should be a line drawn, but I don't completely disagree with it.

Jeff   April 29th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

Only crooks lie.
These cops that lie are crooked and their testimony should be inadmissable and considered untrustworthy as an officer of the court. Dispinary actions should be taken against crooked cops.

Jonathan   April 29th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

NO LIES!! Hard question...but lies like the one the detective told is exactly why the public distrust the police. It's very easy for a person to get railroaded. I prefer the police not lie. Many times an innocent person will confess just to end the interrogation.

Lying is one thing...hiding or not disclosing evidence is another. Cops said they had him on video, too bad he didn't ask to see it. But going back a step farther...when first advised of his rights, he should have requested an attorney be present!!

All of them were lying to an extent. I pray for the victim's family and friends!

Tricia   April 29th, 2010 6:17 pm ET

I think police should not be allowed to lie to suspects or anyone else for that matter. If a suspect lies to the police its obstruction, so why is it ok for LE to lie?

MARY   April 29th, 2010 8:01 pm ET

NO, there should be no reason to lie to a suspect. Good police work and high standards should be formost in all cases. I would think telling lies to suspects or witnesses would be a form of entrapment.

Adaire T   April 29th, 2010 8:36 pm ET

Police absolutely should not lie during investigations! One of the main reasons why officers shoud'nt not lie during their interrogation, because snitching is a problem in the Afro-American community & is without any doubt an apparently deadly one & every time a officer bluffs or lies to a suspect indicating that individuals are pointing fingers in the next room that very same suspect in turn informs the streets that so & so is snitching when in fact it never took place ,but what does take place is potentially more violence & bloodshed due to law enforcements tactics to get @ the truth. Lawful police deception is a major part of the urban morality rate!

S.T.   April 29th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

Hate to say it, but being 100% truthful in a job where the majority of people you are dealing with are liars themselves is fairly ineffective. Unfortunately sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Knowing where to draw that line though, becomes the problem. Then you are subject to each officer's intelligence and personal morality line. And that's not something you can regulate.

Don   April 29th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

Two wrongs have never made a right.

Macie   April 29th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

If the suspect is innocent, what does it matter if the police lie to them during the investigation? I'm a big believer in taped interviews.

Kelly   April 29th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

YES. The police should be able to go to any means to get the truth out of people. I dont consider it lying. I consider it smart.

Karen   April 29th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

NO! Police officers should not be able to lie. The whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. Police officers not only lie to get others to confess, but they lie and then stick up for each other. So anyone out there who believes it won't happen to you... just wait; then see if it is fair that Police officers lied about something you did NOT do! If they can not get to the truth without trickery and lies, then they just need to work harder. That is what we pay them for, protect and uphold the law. Like I said, "The whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God."

Jen Wills   April 29th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Yes, seeing how the defense witnesses have lied in this trial, I see nothing at all wrong with interrogating officers doing the same when they are trying to get to the truth.

Mkat2   April 29th, 2010 11:23 pm ET

Whatever it takes......when dealing with thugs & barbarians!

LieAndMistrial   April 29th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

If police lie there will be a mistrial.

nita   April 29th, 2010 11:57 pm ET

If I were being questioned by the police, I would tell the truth and nothing but the truth from the beginning. Not even the confident, eloquent, no non-sense, and logical thinking, Detective Quinn, could make me change my story, with any lie he might tell me. If one is being truthful; then it does not matter if others are lying.

Personally, I like Dective Quinn's style. During my career, I found that you had to change into a person that was out of character for you. Sometimes you have "to go where others live" in order to perform certain jobs. Police work is one of those occupations.

SANDY   April 30th, 2010 12:34 am ET

NO short and sweet NO

lauratj   April 30th, 2010 6:53 am ET

"One nation under God with liberty & justice for all...." NO,police officers & detectives should not lie as a means to obtain an confession - eventually the truth always comes out. Honesty counts & if the law men are doing their job correctly they will get what they need.

Javeritt   April 30th, 2010 7:37 am ET

It's what you call fighting fire with fire. The suspects are usually lying, so if that's what it takes then so be it.

GERRIE   April 30th, 2010 8:20 am ET

Yes...because a criminals will lie even if you catch them in the act. Do you know how many criminals are walking the street today because they lied their way out. Look at OJ and Blake we know they murder their wives but they lied their way out. And the bad thing about this is
their attorneys knew that they were lying. All the violents that is going on in this country mothers, daughters, and innocent children being
murder by the hands of their spouse or love ones..Come on people of
this so-called great nation wake up and smell the coffee. Do whatever it takes to get an confession within the guidelines. Too bad
we can't use those same tactics that the CIA use on terrrorist. Water
Boarding uhm that just might work. When a person murder a child or his spouse in COLD BLOOD the first thing in his defense is that they
violated my rights. You should not have any rights not even a hearing.
This country has made it too easy for murders...They give you more time slinging drugs then they do murdering someone. Wow criminals
got a good life. They good to jail free room and board, recreational sports and they can go to school. They still commit criminal activities
while they are locked up. No type of intervention for these guys. Thats
why when they get out they commit the crimes over and over again.
I feel we need to do whatever neccessary to get an confession.

teresa, oh   April 30th, 2010 10:15 am ET

I dont like the fact that they do lie to them, but sometimes that seems to be the only way they get their information.

I have two sons. We've watched the cop shows together. My kids have known from a young teen age: IF you ever get arrested, all you say is: I want a lawyer. And just keep repeating it.

I believe most cops start out right, wanting to do the right thing, and then get disillussioned by the filth, conniving and liars they encounter. I think they feel ANY means to an end is ok.

Sonja   April 30th, 2010 11:01 am ET


Carri   April 30th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

First of all, for all of those calling this entrapment, please look up the definition!! Put yourself in the parents shoes of a murdered, molested or missing child. If the suspect is competely innocent, the investigator can throw all the lies he wants and the truth will always prevail. Please Americans wake up and realize our country is out of control, and it takes intelligent investigators and DA's to hold all the criminals accountable. I say lie to all neccessary means. The old saying that if it dosent make sense, it usually isnt true!! If the suspect lies, explain the difference. The difference is the investigator has the legitimate reasons!!

Dave   April 30th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

The police should lie if that will get the truth out of a witness! Many times they question suspects while withholding information or asking questions they already know the answers for also. Both are reasonable and just ways to get at the truth. These tactics are no different than we use in ordinary life with our children or friends when we are trying to get a truthful answer to a question. Most criminals are not just going to come out and volunteer that they committed some horrible crime, so tactics have to be used to get at the truth!!

Crystal P   April 30th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

I do think police should lie. If it means keeping criminals off the streets and if it helps catch the murder, thief, etc., than more power to them. Criminals cheat, lie, sneak, kill, etc. and lie about it. An eye for an eye that's what I say! This may seem extreme but it MY opinion and I am sticking to it! END..

D.Woods   April 30th, 2010 3:56 pm ET

D don't think that the police should be able to lie to suspects because thats how innocent people are convicted

jdm   April 30th, 2010 7:42 pm ET

The problem with saying it's okay to lie to get a confession from a criminal is that the police don't know the person is guilty. A suspect is not a criminal until a jury has said the person is guilty.

We know that people DO falsly confess, for a number of reasons. The police can lie to you in any number of ways – convince you that you may have blacked out during the crime, tell you they've found your fingerprints or DNA, tell you you've failed a lie detector test, etc.

tarin   April 30th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

In Canada, knowing that the police are allowed to lie to a suspect, and use whatever means possible to elicit a confession, I'd say "don't say anything until you get a lawyer." They advise people of this right all the time on the true-to-life crime shows,– ("You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law"). End of story. Don't talk. The cops know every trick in the book to hook you into saying something you don't mean. What don't people get about that? And yet no one thinks of invoking this right. Do I think it "fair" that police be able to do this? What does it matter if I think it fair? They do it. Be prepared for the worst.

tony   May 1st, 2010 1:13 am ET

Yes I feel as long as subject has been given his rights and is not abuse or threaten, or rights violated. It doesn't really matter if police lie or not to get to the truth of the matter. I do not believe in coercion. I do not believe in questioning a minor with out first notifying parents. Parents should always be there before questioning

D.BURNS   May 1st, 2010 1:31 am ET

this is not a hard question to answer.. the police are supposed to be officials you should be able to trust. how much can you trust someone who delibertly lies to you?( no matter the circumstances) they should be bound to the same morals they expect from you.and if they cant get to the truth by being truthfull than maybe they are not the right person to be asking the questions.

D.BURNS   May 1st, 2010 2:21 am ET

there is also a differance between holding back the whole truth or skating around it ,and a outright lie .how much can anyone be trusted no matter the circumstance .or case if they tell you a outright lie ,.. this is only my opinion..the truth will always prevail. some times it takes years but have patience and truth will always win out. put your self in the shoes of a innocent person who is thaught to be a criminal but is truly innocent.. and therefore told a lie and tricked into a connfession. evidance is not always conclusive unless it is toward the guilty. remember innocent untill proven guilty or is it guilty if the police lie? guilty is for the courts not the police to conclude.. the job of the police is to gather evidance and enough to convict the guilty. not to determine guilt or innocence..if the evidance is compounded toward a individual they have done there job by getting them off the street.
and doing perhaps the part of there job that is most important.(gathering and investigating the evidance) THEN the arrest.. they can KEEP the streets safe for the part of the society that CAN be trusted.. if the job is done right , and not botched by the police they would not have to lie to the suspect in the first place. the evidance will speak for the case ..and once again the police could be trusted..and the criminal is off the streets ..

ben franklin   May 1st, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Well probably not, logically speaking, that's just an example of tryingto make two wrongs make a right. In reality the cops can lie, do lie, and will continue to lie, all the time, every day, all the time, and not just to "perps". So just assume they are almost all jimmy-big fibbers and are going to lie everytime because, if they can get away with lying to push their case or to avoid punishment, they will, period. .

Shirley   May 1st, 2010 10:46 pm ET

I never, ever want a Policeman or Detective to lie to me. We were brought up being told that the truth shall always prevail and even if what you did is bad, it always is better to tell the truth. It has always been my belief growing up that the one person you could trust is a law officer to help you and if they lie to you- they are no better than the people they have arrested and put in prison....

larry   May 2nd, 2010 12:01 am ET

I do not believe police should lie our parents taught us not to lie to police we are supposed to trust police but if police have to lie to us then we lose respect for them

wayne   May 2nd, 2010 1:28 am ET

when police lie to teenagers , they loose trust in them from that day on and it can never be regained , until the day comes where they need the services of an officer to help them solve a problem. There are many ways to get an answer to a question and i believe investigating officers have great resources and the ability to do this without lying.Most investigating officers are very clever people and have a higher IQ then the average criminal.

missy   May 2nd, 2010 11:25 am ET

nah i don't think they need to lie. that makes someone way too nervous and makes everybody look and seem guilty. lying to people and saying an accomplice snitched on them just to make them confess to something? but what theyre going to defend themselves with is 'use any means to sole a crime" yes that may be true but damn you can do it without lying to people.

Alina   May 2nd, 2010 2:29 pm ET

I believe that lying should be allowed to be used as a tatic of getting needed information. If (knock on wood) someone in my family was murdered and they had a suspect ,all the evidence pointed to him/her and they jsut needed a confession then why not!? why make it harder on the families who have to wait and see if they got the right person? I would want to know who did this to my family and even if meant the investigators had to fib to the suspect to get him to confess. I believe that other people on here who say they should not lie would feel differently if the victim was their own family member. You would probably be wanting to take justice into your own hand, so no one on here can tell me they would not be okay with it under certian circumstances.

Courtney   May 3rd, 2010 12:23 pm ET

When I person is speaking to the cops about a crime they are forced to be truthful or face charges. How is it accepted that cops can lie to witnesses,potential suspects, or other people involved? This process has led to innocent people confessing. If they are truly investigators they will solve it without lying.

Muslimah   May 3rd, 2010 12:49 pm ET

The truth in all case's is the right way to handel any case.

Steve O   May 3rd, 2010 3:02 pm ET

Isn't it amazing that people wonder why the public does not trust the police. IT IS ACTUALY LEGAL TO TELL STONE FACE STRAIGHT UP LIES for them. Why in the world would anyone even speak to them. This is amazing to me.
Steve O

Teresa Hubbard   May 3rd, 2010 5:19 pm ET

Re: Benton vs Georgia case: I don't believe it's right for the police to lie as an intimidation tactic, then condemn a suspect based on a lie designed to protect themself from the police. Because of these tactics it is difficult to trust the police because once they decide a person is guilty "everything yo say will be held against you in a court of law" and will be slanted by the police to accomodate the evidence. They want you to trust them to get the truth, but they (police) will lie. Contradiction

Bobbb   May 3rd, 2010 8:08 pm ET

Having, unfortunately, been subjected to police interogation on more than one but less than 8 times, I would never trust a police officer right off the bat. If during the interaction they showed me that they are being honest, I would let them know as much as they needed to know to let me go.

Miranda that says "anything you say can and will be used against you..." truly means just exactly that. They will twist anything you say to make it appear to be against you. Absolutely without a doubt.

This is why Police officers can not take lie detector tests. They are professional liars. If they do take a lie detector test it will be to prove that they did the right thing and the suspect did the wrong thing. They are taught how to beat the machine.

ZKelly   May 4th, 2010 1:18 pm ET

YES! I totally agree with the Police lying to a suspect! We can't make a suspect equal with our law enforcement. THEY ARE NOT EQUAL AT ALL.

Lizzie Vierra   May 4th, 2010 3:08 pm ET

No. If they have a case that is strong and valid they should be able to build it without using lies, intimidation, and false accusations. It is considered wrong for the person being questioned to lie yet okay for the law to lie? Everyone should be responsible to the same standard.

TLB   May 4th, 2010 3:11 pm ET

I think that every encounter with a possible suspect should be recorded and examined by the court and jury from start to finish. I dont want my life hanging on the line with the testomony of a detective thats trying to build his/ her career. I know that most of our law enforcement officers work hard to serv and protect us and deserv our thanks, but there are those who will lie, plant evidence,act on a personal grudg, distort facts ect... that is very dagerouse. Exspecially when someones life is on the line.

Kerry Stephens   May 4th, 2010 3:53 pm ET

If it's a crime to lie to police then it should also be a crime for them to lie to an accused.

Sandy Grizzle   May 4th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

Why should police lie to thier suspects,if they have enough evidence to arrest them in the first place? This is a double standard to me .I can lie to you but you can not lie to me!This just is NOT right! Why do we not hold police accountable for thier lies? Are they ABOVE the law?

Tiffiany   May 4th, 2010 4:03 pm ET

if you are a good police and have the mouth piece then no you shouldnt have to lie to do an investigation cause if the defendant is not guiloty then he has nothing to worry about.

Barbara Norwood   May 4th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

I watch "The First 48 Hours" quite often. Those detectives use the same methods as Detective Quinn. I don't have a problem with it. I thought he was quite professional. I have never seen a suspect come into an interrogation admitting he had committed the crime. They lie until they can't lie anymore. If you are innocent of the crime, nobody can MAKE YOU tell a lie no matter what they say.

cmorie   May 5th, 2010 12:51 pm ET

i do not beleive that d. benton killed that girl. there seem to be reasonable douth. i hope that he can get another trial date. i think the judge was to harsh.

KIMBERLY LOGAN   May 5th, 2010 1:07 pm ET

Yes, Devonni Bentley is a idiot, that made a huge mistake! He should be punish for the crime, that cause another person to lose her life. The judge was too harsh on the sentencing, giving him 100 years, plus 25. It wasn't premeditated murder, he didn't intentionally killed the girl, she was a innocent bystander that got caught up in a crossfire. I watch Tru T.V daily, my favorite program is Forensic File. I watch criminals plan, and act out a murder, that take the investigators years to catch the criminal the criminal is walking the streets for years until they get caught. Basicallly because of the person race, if their white they get a slap on the wrist, but if the person is another race their sentence is the maximum sentencing plus years. I believe a person is punish based on their race not the actual crime. The investigators in the case of Devonni Bentley didn't prove that he actually commit the crime, How did they prove he was the gunmen, and if it was premeditated murder?

A.S.   May 5th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

I personally feel that Devonni did not murder Jasmine Lynn and they have the wrong person behide bars , Jamine's mother should be ashamed of herself for getting on live television saying she is grateful and she is satisfied for the sentencing of Devonni when he is not the real killer, I wouldnt want the wrong person in bhide bars for something they didnt do i would want the right person. While the real killer is running around enjoying his freedom, This innoocent man is sitting in jail doing his time.. ITS NOT RIGHT!!! may god bless him nd jasmin lynns family.

Joan Kaplan   May 5th, 2010 1:55 pm ET

I think if your community doesn't come forward they can control you. Another words if someone is angry at you, you can be accused of any crime even if you didn't do it.

These young people have to step up and clean up their communities Everyone is routing for them and willing to help.

Dena   May 5th, 2010 2:49 pm ET

No, I don't think police should lie because the are to serve, protect the citizens and uphold the law. It is against the law to lie to a police or in the courts.

Police should be honest when doing an investigation. This is why people don't trust law enforcement and why people don't come forth to talk to them. They are afraid that they will be implicated.

What is the purpose of lying? or Tricking a person into saying something. This is why there are people sitting in prison for crimes they haven't committed and this is why there are so many unsolved (cold case) crimes because if the real criminal was investigated in the beginning then they wouldn't have the opportunity to committ other offenses and we wouldn't have lawsuites for wrongfully convicted people.

liz goode   May 5th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

How crazy is it? that we would even ask the question, is it okay for a police officer to lie. But then expect us to beleave everything else they say. If you lie during an investigation, you will lie any other time it benefits you. a lie is a lie. That is why I am not one of those people that beleave it, just because the police officer said it.

What a shame that we allow them to lie to people but don't want no one to lie to them.

Richard   May 5th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

A young man walking around with a gun around the school looking for trouble. parent tell your children to be clean . This man have need to be around peoples that trying make something out their selfs. He is a person only concern of himself.He kill a young lady that was love and wanted to make a differance.,her life is gone and furture is over., maybe he help someone in prison in life for her.

Pastor R.O.Quarles

Zach P   May 5th, 2010 8:18 pm ET

I think it is a good tactic for police to lie to the suspect as long as there is forensic evidence to go along with the confession. Many people confess because they're scared, pressured, or sometimes even threatened into confessing. However, there needs to be evidence backing up their confession to the crime – especially a crime like rape or murder

Linda   May 6th, 2010 3:39 am ET

If it is not against the law or ethics of the police officers county or state, it is okay to lie if it is to elicit the truth from a suspect. I thought Detective Quinn was brilliant. Give him his own show. I would watch him every time.

lisa thomas   May 6th, 2010 10:22 am ET

i myself have been in a situation where i was lied to and threatened by police officers. at the time i was 17 yrs old. the officer questioned me without a parent or attorney threatened to charge me as an adult and this was a crime i did not even commit! they thought i had knowledge of a rash of burglary/robberies in my area because i happened to know one of the defendants. the officer tried to play upon my fear and my tender age. little did he know i knew my rights! i immediately asked for my parents and an attorney. i asked him if i was being charged w/ a crime and told him i was leaving if that was not the case. at that point he got angry and said he wasnt going to let some 17 yr old spoiled brat ruin his investigation. my response to that was this..if i have the power to ruin this investigation your not much of a detective and you must have very little eveidence. have a nice day.

J Law   May 6th, 2010 10:43 am ET

How stupid some of these answers from some of these people are. Wanting police to lie and make it okay, well its not okay and how would you like for them to lie on you.....oh thats right, i didnt do anything so im not worried.....are you really that stupid, thats the could be you and would you want this to apply even then?
If the police lie to get information for any conviction, then they ( the police ) should go to prison for it......just as simple as that. Heyy watch out what you vote for cause that same thing that you want for others may just come back to you....ahh then wat do u think.......shud the be able to lie? how stupid people have gotten n this world.

anonymous   May 6th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

in the case of Sheila Kitchens who was lied by the detective, she in turned lied too, and apparently that lie cost her nephew his freedom. however on the witness stand in court Sheila Kitchens told the truth, she may have forgot what she told detective David Quinn four month earlier because the detective lied to her and illicit an incorrect response from her. and being under pressure she did the same thing that the detective did to her. so sometimes these lies by the police do not really work to bring truth and justice.

anonymous   May 6th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

Sheila Kitchens was not a suspect, so why did detective David Quinn lied to her.

Debra Bergey   May 19th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

If the police dont want to be lied to and we get charged for lying to cops the same rules should apply to cops. If they lie to get a confession then the confession should be thrown out....due to aquiring it through false pretences. NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO LIE WHEN SOMEONES LIFE IS AT STAKE, especially now that all the wrongful convictions that have come to light as of late. Too many people are railroaded by the cops and the courts today!

W. Monroe   May 22nd, 2010 4:52 am ET

The law is supposed to honer truth and justice, police lie a lot, and I was personally told that this behavior is permitted. In my case they lied to my husband and bail bondsman about computers being down, to make my unpleasant stay with them purposely longer. How do I know this? Because at the times they called in to post bond, I happened to be in a cell in clear view of the computers and phones, watching them book people in and doing bonds for others. They are all taught the lie tactic, whether it be for questioning, or even traffic stops where they pile on charges that are false for the benefit of lining their own pockets, and trying to make a name fort themselves. I believe this is a total injustice, a disgrace of GOD, and the lies should cease, completely. No matter what case, no matter what reason, there should be no exemption made for an Officer of the Courts or Law to permit any Law Official to lie. And these same people wonder why there is dwindling trust and faith in the justice system. Any person of Faith though, knows that the lies that flow from the tongues of these so called respectful Officers will hold great bearing upon the Judgement of GOD. Unfortunately, I only see future situations becoming worse.

Diane   June 7th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

I think that the police lie and lie often. It is not Okay in any circumstances but it is allowed and nothing can be done to stop it of prove it in most cases.

LLJGLIB   June 27th, 2010 6:09 am ET


bre mello   September 14th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

no.y?y do u have to lie to get a conffession. the proof is in the pudding

bre mello   September 14th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

pluse cops lie anyway all your doing is helping out the crooked cops that need to be taken down.find a better way.please

bryan   June 14th, 2011 6:01 pm ET

It"s a productive way for the police to gather info that they could and would not be able to get from a suspect. Xspcially a Lying suspect!! Lying in general is nothing but someone trying to get out of a situation where that person is trying to hide the truth from someone.. Liers are nothing but scumbags, 1 & all of them!!

IanSean   August 31st, 2011 4:26 am ET

If a civilian lies to a police officer, they slap criminal charges on him. If it's really important for police to be able to lawfully lie, then they need to get rid of that bit first.
A legal code that treats human beings unequally for the same conduct is not law; it is arbitrary autocracy. An institution that enforces it is not a government, it is a gang. A human who enforces it for a living is not a peace officer, but a mercenary.

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