Frank Touby –
The U.S. Army trained me to be an interrogator.
That was just prior to our official involvement in Vietnam and my assignment was to help indoctrinate 25th Infantry Division troops as part of their E&E training (escape and evasion from capture) how to keep from giving information to their captors.
We learned many of the interrogation methods, including the Reid Technique. It’s suddenly in the news in the light of the recent revelation of Peel police malfeasance interrogating a specific witness, Brian Cox, in a murder case where Eric Morgan was wrongly served up by police as the suspect.
After an 8-hour interrogation ordeal equivalent to torture by Peel dicks, Cox agreed to frame his friend Morgan whom he knew was innocent.
It is an odd twist to use criminal interrogation strategies to force answers from witnesses who aren’t at all implicated in the investigation.
In a battlefield setting, a soldier just has to keep from disclosing anything to an interrogator for a couple of hours. By then, the ground situation has changed and it’s unlikely any important information will be forthcoming.
But the strategy I’m going to share with you can help keep the police honest and you from perhaps a wrongful arrest or worse.
Tell them nothing.
You can ask if you’re under arrest and if the answer is “no,” then say, “I want to leave now.” Then leave.
If the answer is “yes,” or hedged in some way short of “no,” then say, “I want to speak to a lawyer before I answer any questions or say anything more.” And say nothing more no matter how reasonable they sound in trying to convince you that if you just answer a few questions this can be resolved and you can go on your way.
That may well be a strategic lie. It’s part of interrogation technique, which is based on tricking persons being interrogated into (rightly or wrongly) framing themselves.
I’m bringing this stuff up because we are in a policing crisis in Toronto and the rest of the nation.
Amateurism and thuggery taint police everywhere in North America and Canadian cops tend to look to the U.S. for examples.
That’s the worst thing because America has become a bona fide police state.
The trigger-happy epidemic among U.S. police has infected some of our cops as we have recently seen when mentally unstable people who really pose minimal threat to trained police are shot to death rather than dealt with in a professional manner.
It has recently happened in Toronto as you’re no doubt well aware.
It means we’re recruiting too many of the wrong types of persons to be cops.
Policing is a sacred trust endowed by society on what is expected to be worthy individuals.
Those special individuals who seek to truly serve and protect, not bully and punish, are the ones we must recruit and encourage.
The top brass must help in this urgent need. Here are what I think would be important, immediate fixes for Toronto police:
• Armed forces must not have labour unions or “professional associations”
• Armed forces have a commander-in-chief, not an advocate for the troops
• Eliminate those Nazi-esque black uniforms and return to police blue
• Limit firearms to specially trained officers and stress hand-to-hand training for all officers.
• Get rid of all Tasers.
•Dismiss cops who won’t meet professional, compassionate police standards of behaviour.