You are simply posting news that everyone already knows. There are people who have been incarcerated that never committed the crime. This is old news!!
But this is the system we have and with all the check and balances in place... some people still slip through the cracks. This is unfortunate but I would not wrap EVERY cop in the huge blanket youare carrying around.
You really should broaden your blanket wrap and cover the prosecutor, the Judge, and the Jury. They all play a role in believing the false confession. The fact is.... some people DO confess to crimes they never did. This is known and cannot be fully explained. But YOU want to hold the cop at fault for believing the false confession.
If someone confesses to a crime.... do you NOT believe them? Some people know just enough of the story or the cop unintentionally gives out details that the person will use to corroborate his statement.
I suspect that by the title you used... "And you think the cops are the good guys?" you do not think this way and you are soliciting for others to join you in your opinion.
I can say that I have never coerced a false confession from anyone but you have lumped me right in the group. I would like to think I wear a white hat and help people to the best of my ability. Most cops have this common goal.
But I will absolutely agree with you thatthis really does not fithere and you are fishing for collaborators.
And it is NOT about getting a conviction. The police believe they have the right guy and do what they can to get the good on him. If they REALLY wanted to pad their stats they could just "say" he confessed and be done with it. I am not sure why I would bother trying to get a fake confession.
Some people do confess just to get the interview over. How does the cop know he is doing it? Should we set up standards that you can only interview for 20 minutes and if you get nothing... the guy goes free? There are times when it takes hours before the guy comes clean.
Big point of interest is this..... Most innocent people and career criminals are going to lawyer up or not talk. While other criminals do their best to talk and try to get you to believe them.