What is the current state of the law on coercive police tactics?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from The PEOPLE V. WILLIAMS, No. A 579310-01, S029490 (Cal. 2010):

"In assessing allegedly coercive police tactics, '[t]he courts have prohibited only those psychological ploys which, under all the circumstances, are so coercive that they tend to produce a statement that is both involuntary and unreliable.' [Citation.]" (People v. Smith, supra, 40 Cal.4th at p. 501.)

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