We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The first cop and EMT on the scene of my wife's suicide (my adolescent sons found her body while I was out in the fields) took me aside and, after expressing their sympathies, said something to the effect of: "say nothing to the detectives that will be here soon. You will be considered a suspect by them. We all know what happened here but don't talk to them."
I didn't. Even when they did a paraffin test on me for gunshot residue. The chief of police eventually threw them out of my house after informing them repeatedly the 'shooter' was lying dead in the bedroom.
Don't know what to say, Tonypete, except that I'm so very sorry that you, and your children, had to endure that, all the way round. Talking to cops should have been the least of your worries, in a sane world. Regretfully, it wasn't, and isn't.
if you're in a custodial interrogation, the first thing you do before the interrogator even sits down is invoke your right to an attorney. interrogation must cease at the point and can't resume except in the presence of counsel unless you initiate it and waive the right. then don't ever, ever, ever initiate communication with the government.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
That depends. A neighbor who was a hostile drunk made a number of false accusations to police. Those falsely accused gave candid statements to police. According to the video, those candid statements could have gotten those falsely accused into trouble. Au contraire: the police were able to sort wheat from chaff, decided the false accusations were false, and took no further actions on those accusations. The hostile drunk neighbor got evicted, and took his problematic behavior elsewhere.