POLICE QUESTIONING: Antidote to Miranda Rights
by Kirsten Anderberg Copyright 2003
We've all seen it. Someone is under arrest and cops read the victim their Miranda Rights. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you...But the Miranda Rights are only read to people who are CHARGED with crimes. There is a little no-man's land, in between being named a "suspect," and being "charged" with a crime, called "Police Questioning." This line of questioning is ripe with ABUSE.
If you are named a "suspect" in a crime in Seattle, Seattle police will ask you to come to their station for "questioning." If you request a public defender be present, to protect you during the cop questioning, you will be told NO. If you go to the public defenders' office and request one for questioning, they will tell you to come back when you are "charged." The cops WANT TO GET YOU ALONE, WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, BEFORE you get a right to a public defender. When I asked for a public defender when a Seattle pig wanted to "question" me, and was denied a public defender, I refused "questioning." I was told I could only get the public pretender if I was "charged." The Seattle cop became insensed and quipped "Why do you WANT me to CHARGE you?" Undaunted, I replied, "I refuse to talk to cops without representation, so do what you must." This pig got angry and replied, "You can bring an attorney!" I REPEATED that I could not afford an attorney for pig questioning. The pig kept oscillating between threats, "Then I will just charge you," and insanity "You can bring an attorney." I refused to play these little piggy games.
I feel people need to be warned to NEVER cooperate with police questioning without an attorney present. EVER. Yet you need to know that pigs will take revenge on you for robbing them of questioning without Miranda Rights. THEY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN GETTING YOU TO TALK WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY. THEY WILL THREATEN YOU with "charges." They may even "charge" you SIMPLY OUT OF REVENGE. But whatever the scene, it cannot be GOOD to have an interview on record when you were ALONE with pigs. It cannot help you. Plus, you cannot trust cops. They steal, sneak and entrap. DO NOT give them ammunition. Deprive Seattle cops of their "police questioning" unless you can afford an attorney to take with you. Stay out of this no-man's land is my advice to the average citizen on the street. This is not legal advice. This is merely observation of cop politics and our criminal injustice system.
Another completely corrupt behavior in the area of "criminal justice" is the arena of Plea Bargains. For my critique of plea bargains, enter "Plea Bargains: Torture for Confessions" into a search engine. And remember, in the immortal words of Eldridge Cleaver, "A laughed-at pig is a dead pig." Do not fall victim to their scare tactics, and just laugh in their faces when they try to get you alone without an attorney for "questioning." I wish I could be more positive about cops and prosecutors, but that would be living in Fantasyland.