"The only thing ive.got to say is I didnt do it"

by Regina Small

Arguing with the local sheriff’s office on Facebook over your imminent arrest seems obviously unwise. But, setting aside immediate judgments, maybe having a very public and mostly neutral exchange with police wherein you affirm your innocence is…not the worst thing, actually? Accusations of coerced confessions and police strongarm tactics (as well as actual instances of coerced confessions and strongarm tactics) might be reduced by some transparency in the arrest and interrogation process, one hopes. Even if it makes everyone else uncomfortable. (And really, the comfort level of “bystanders” reading that exchange (“omg awkward”) should be so far down on the priority list if you’ve been accused of a crime.)