Talking to the Police

Officer Officer George Bruch of the Virginia Beach Police Department gives this very engaging lecture to law students about how police officers interview suspects. He has interrogated over 1000 suspects, and he discusses how easy it is to get a confession. The techniques he uses are quite clever. The basic message is that it rarely, if ever, helps a defendant to talk to the police.

Please note that Parts I, II, and IIII below are labeled parts 4, 5, and 6 on YouTube, as Officer Bruch was part of a panel.

Part I

Part II

Part III is below the fold.

Part III

Hat tip: BoingBoing

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  1. Interesting, and a lot of good information on police deception and trickery. However, like most cops, he’s a bit overconfident in his ability to “know” who is guilty and “know” what people are thinking.

    See, e.g., Chojnacki, Cicchini & White, An Emperical Basis for the Admission of Expert Testimony on False Confessions, 40 Arizona State Law Journal 1, 19 (2008) (available at