Recent controversy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area involves a police officer who was caught on video tape verbally berating and possibly becoming physical towards a 17-year-old boy during arrest. After the video was posted online, an internal investigation was conducted tracing the incident back to Nov. 20 in Hurst.
While the officer involved in this incident was temporarily suspended pending the close of the investigation, the charges against the teen have not been dropped. In this instance, it is clear that the actions of the police officer could be considered coercion, but what about in other instances when the line is not so clear? Should Texas parents teach their kids about police tactics that are both legal and illegal?
The answer to that question is yes. Police will often use tactics to get teens and young adults talking whether it is through coercion or leaning on the position of authority. It is intimidating to stand in front of a law enforcement officer - even one that is being nice. In many instances a teenager will feel a natural urge to verbally defend or explain their actions when confronted by police.
While they may be innocently attempting to explain the situation, what many teens don't know is that their words can and certainly will be used against them later. Teens are going to make mistakes and some of these mistakes will involve the law, but teens should be aware beforehand that they have a right to remain silent. You can still teach your children about telling the truth, but let them know that they should save it for an attorney.
Source: officer.com, "Video Shows Texas Police Officer Berating Teen During Arrest," Bill Hanna, Nov. 27, 2012
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