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Police tactics questioned

Perhaps one of the most important things for Connecticut residents charged with crimes to remember is that they are always owed proper treatment and a proper defense. This can often be difficult to keep in mind especially in cases involving a lot of media attention. Reports frequently give only spotty details that may cast defendants in bad lights.

It could be said that this certainly was the case for two men arrested in New York City just a few days after a Connecticut man was stabbed to death. Some of the early details about the case made it seem as though the two defendants may be charged with the man's murder. However, eventually they have not actually been arraigned for murder but for alleged tampering with evidence, hiding a dead body and standing in the way of a criminal prosecution.

Now, however, it appears a new wrinkle may be developing at least for the prosecution. Information indicates that the New York Police Department may have actually detained the two defendants for longer than what is considered reasonable before actually placing them under arrest. It is believed the extended detention was actually a tactic on the part of police to enourage the defendants to cooperate. For this reason, some of the statements made by the defendants during this time may not be able to be used by prosecutors in court.

When situations look bleak, Connecticut residents may want to talk with an attorney to learn about their options for a fair defense.

Source: New York Daily News, "NYPD treatment of suspects in fatal NYC party stabbing could make comments to police inadmissable in court, sources say," Rocco Parascandola, Shayna Jacobs and Graham Rayman, Dec. 7, 2016

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