In possible abuse cases, 'Trust the hairs on the back of your neck' | March 28, 2014 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Cover Story - March 28, 2014

In possible abuse cases, 'Trust the hairs on the back of your neck'

Reporting suspicions is first step in carefully regulated investigation, police say

When something seems odd about a situation involving young children and possible sexual or other abuse, "The best thing anybody could do is trust the hairs on the back of their neck," Palo Alto police Lieutenant Zachary Perron recommends.

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Posted by @PAFreePress, a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:38 am

If your made the subject of any criminal investigation you should answer no questions without the presence of a competent criminal attorney. Police interrogators will not voluntarily provide you with this information to protect your constitutional rights. Furthermore, police are highly skilled and trained at asking a deceptive line of questions designed to build the foundation of criminal charges against you...

We recommend the following reading: Criminal Interrogation and Confessions, By Fred Reid involving techniques of interviewing and interrogating. Remember, their is nothing wrong with exercising your constitutional rights to remain silent. However, you now have to invoke these rights. You can know longer just remain silent as a result of a recent Supreme Court decision in this regard


Posted by Sarah Sherwood, a resident of Walter Hays School
on Mar 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

An important article!

Posted by muttiallen, a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

muttiallen is a registered user.

This reminds me of the time many years ago when the Palo Alto police arrested a father at his office in the middle of the day because a teacher overheard a child saying at school, "I failed my math test. My Dad is going to kill me!" Of course, the child was overstating. It made the school and police look like fools. Do use some sense in this, please!

Posted by parent, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Trusting the "hairs on the back of your neck" is an invitation to profiling. Should we stop trusting unmarried priests because a large number of them have been accused of child rape? What about unmarried school teachers? At some point, we do have to trust administrators to do their due diligence with interviews and background checks. And we do have to trust law enforcement lock up senior officials who conspire with the rapists by protecting them with coverups.

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