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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Can an interrogation by the police cause psychological damage?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24641points) June 9th, 2023

I’m willing to entertain the thought.

I will ask my psychologist in 45 minutes from now, and would like to have help asking him?

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snowberry's avatar

They can wear you down until you agree just to get relief. That’s basically what happened to Melissa Lucio. I don’t think she had an attorney present during her interrogation. Now she’s on death row. But maybe she didn’t kill her daughter after all. Her confession may have been coerced.

janbb's avatar

Of course!

snowberry's avatar

As I understand it, the job of the police is to extract a confession. At that point they are not focused on whether or not you are not guilty. They assume you are, or they would not be questioning you.

The court system is supposed to assume that you are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately it can’t work that way if the police have already coerced a confession.

So you tell me. Her baby died in 2007, and she’s been in prison ever since. Do you think Melissa struggles with anything as a result of the day she was interrogated?

kritiper's avatar

Only if done illegally. Like, by the Gestapo. And it helps if you were guilty in the first place, and they suspect you are.

flutherother's avatar

It is intended to cause a certain amount of stress to break down resistance and get an admission but not lasting psychological damage but it would depend on the psychology of the person concerned and the degree of stress.

smudges's avatar

Sure. Just flat out ask him – like you did here.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Update telephone appointment is finished.
Will talk to him next Friday June 16.
I brought it up.

He said that he understands me more.
Thanks @all

gondwanalon's avatar

If you are in someway guilty then an expert investigator will likely find buttons to push to brake you down psychologically. But I don’t think that you are required to talk to police investigators if you don’t want to. You may remain silent and or simply say you may ask my attorney about this matter.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@gondwanalon I didn’t know at the time that I could go home , or remain silent.

geri73's avatar

It was scary for me but it didn’t impact me psychologically and I was being interrogated about a murder that my ex-bf committed. He did do it and he is now in jail for life. They did all the scare tactics, said that I would be in going to prison, cuffed me to the table, gave me a polygraph test, and even bought me some Rally’s to make me feel comfy. I was subpoenaed and all kinds of stuff. It was interesting but it made me reevaluate the kind of men I date.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

I think that depends on many factors but the stress alone is very tough for some people. I know a lot of cops but in official capacity, you would ALWAYS remain silent, no attorney-no words. Period.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@KNOWITALL I was in university on a student loan. I didn’t have the money for an attorney.

NoMore's avatar

Just the facts ma’am.

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