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New policy urged for police lineups

Techniques address false confidence

By Jaime Adame

This article was originally published September 5, 2016 at 2:48 a.m. Updated September 5, 2016 at 2:48 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- It's not just memories that can be false. There's also false confidence, said James Lampinen, a distinguished professor of psychological science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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Nodmcm says... September 5, 2016 at 7:47 a.m.

Perhaps beyond the discussion of this article is the issue of police crime clearance rates. You see, the police are under pressure to find, prosecute, convict, and imprison a suspect when a citizen is a victim of a crime. Sometimes, due to political and other circumstances, the pressure on police to "find someone" is greater than society's general insistence that we find the actual perpetrator of a crime. Rather than just "solving" the crime by often "framing" an innocent (at least of the charged crime) suspect, perhaps inadvertently by the use of poor witness identification procedures as discussed in this article, there should be some sort of incentive for police to find the actual perpetrator of a crime, and if the police cannot find the actual, true, real, correct, "right" perpetrator, then the police should not charge anyone, and the police should not be guilty or blamed for "not charging an innocent person just to clear the crime." You see, the police have a mighty difficult job, and we, the public, make their jobs so much more difficult when we pester and badger them to "find the guy who stole our four-wheeler." Would you want your son or nephew arrested and sent to prison on false charges?

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