For many, we are taught that the police are our friends and that their job is to keep us safe. Regardless of one’s feelings on that subject now, being raised with these ideals make many trusting of police. Any time the police in Oregon are questioning you and being nice, you should always ask, “Why are the police being nice to me?”
Questions mean an investigation
First, when police question you, it is because you are likely part of a Clackamas County investigation. This could be an investigation into you or into someone or something else, but in every interaction, law enforcement officers are looking for potential illegal infractions. And, everything you say can and will be used against you. Sometimes, even innocuous banter can bring negative consequences. Twisted words can make anyone seem guilty.
Rapport building produces confessions
According to recent research, police interrogations that include rapport building and niceties yield police better results. In other words, according to police research, if the police are nicer to those who are accused, the accused person often either confesses or says things that can be interpreted as a confession. This may be why the police in Multnomah County and throughout Oregon are being nice to you.
A good rule to live by
Always assume that if the police are talking to you, you are a suspect, even if you did not do anything. If you have even a passing interest in crime documentaries, you know that one’s innocence is not always enough to avoid a guilty verdict and a jail cell.
You do not have to play their game or participate in their investigation. You have the right to remain silent, and you have a right to an attorney. If you are not comfortable just not talking while they ask you questions, simply say you are invoking your right to remain silent. Ask if you are free to go, and if not, ask for a Washington County, Oregon, attorney.