Sunday, January 18, 2009

Awareness test

Tonight's awareness test:

The phenomenon is often called "inattentional blindness", and is one of the reasons you shouldn't give detailed statements to police in the immediate aftermath of a critical incident, such as a deadly force event. You're not likely to have very good recall of details that your mind perceived as non-critical (non-threat-related) information, and your answers to detailed questions may very well seem vague and evasive to an adversarial questioner. Heck, you might not accurately recall details such as the number of shots you fired, how close your attacker(s) were (due to e.g., tunnel vision, low light), etc. This is especially true in the immediate aftermath of a violent encounter.

As my friends in the criminal defense bar like to say: You have a right to remain silent ... use it!

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