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Is cop kindness sincere?

Is cop kindness sincere?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

With the seemingly weekly deadly police shootings in the news, it may seem weird when a police officer is treating you kindly. And, while it is true that police are human too, which means they can be as kind as anyone else, sometimes, their kindness is insincere. The key to understanding the sincerity of a kind police interaction is context.

Investigative questioning

In most police interactions, if the West Palm Beach, Florida, police question you, it is for an investigation. They are looking for information on a crime. To be clear, they are looking for evidence or information on any crime, even if it is not the one they originally started questioning you about.


This is why talking to the police can be so dangerous because they want to arrest someone, and that someone could be you. They know that kindness can increase the likelihood of people giving up key information, even information against their interests, like confessions. Rarely does one know if they are saying something that could implicate themselves in something, even if they have done nothing wrong.

Why police use kindness

According to research, the majority of people taken in for questioning by police are open to an honest conversation. Police research has now consistently shown that once they employ harsh interrogation techniques, people are much less likely to cooperate with the police questioning.

Your rights

Nonetheless, remember, you have rights when questioned by the West Palm Beach, Florida, police. The first, and most important, is your right to not answer police questions. Your lawyer has your best interests at heart, not the police. Ask for one.

The tricks

The police can and will lie. Police can make false promises, like offering plea deals for information, which is only in the power of the prosecuting attorney. They can make false threats to coerce you into giving false or misleading information. This is why it is always best not to engage with the police without a West Palm Beach, Florida, attorney present.