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A cop told me they had video evidence of a crime i "commited" I asked them and they wouldnt show me the evidence. legal?

Athens, NY |

I went to the police station on a graffiti charges and the officer told me he had video evidence of me doing a graffiti tag on a wall. I asked to see the video and he said no. What does this mean?

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  1. Unfortunately police officers lie all the time to suspects they are questioning. It is part of their strategy to get cop outs and it is legal. Hopefully you didn't talk. If they contact you again, you need to tell them you want a lawyer with you before you answer anything.

  2. It could be true and it might not be. Police Officers do not have to show anyone arrested or being questioned their evidence. Sometimes they lie to try and trick someone into confessing. Except in extreme cases, the case law permits this.

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  3. Yes--they don't have to show you any evidence. It means nothing positive or negative.

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  4. The currency of police is threat of arrest and prosecution. Likely they can't really identify you in the grainy video, but were you to confess then that with the video builds a case. They might not have any video, but believe you to be a tagger and think that all your brain cells are fried from aerosol inhalation; and that you would make an incriminating statement like : "that's not my tag" Don't talk to them any more and if you are arrested get an attorney - he/she wil get the video through a porcess known as discovery. Go to art school!

    I know very little about your case. Please seek the advice of an attorney experienced in this area of law and do not rely on my statements to defend yourself in this matter.

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