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orange wrote

"The officer said it was unfortunate that the suspect had killed himself but that he was not responsible for the suicide, according to the report."

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masque wrote (edited )

The officer who lied provided a different interpretation of events: the woman at the door was uncooperative and “kind of impeding the investigation.” He said that he used the ruse while the woman was scrolling through her phone because he did not have time to wait for her to find the number.

How on earth was lying supposed to solve the problem of "not having time to wait for her to find the number"?

Also, does anyone find it odd that the article repeatedly refers to the lie as "a ruse"? Is it a term of art in policing, or is this just standard journalist synonym-itis? Because I don't normally use that phrase in my daily life, like, at all.

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