WATCH YOUR WORDS: Should you talk to police?

Posted at 8:31 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 08:31:19-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Making a Murderer is the addicting, 10-hour true-crime documentary that has millions of people asking lots of questions.

"Did Steven Avery kill Theresa Halbach?"

"Was he framed for murder?"

"Did police tamper or plant evidence?"

"Did detectives manipulate Avery's nephew into giving a false confession?"

They're all questions putting a spotlight on what some may call the shady side of law enforcement and all questions one Virginia Beach based Regent University Professor James Duane had a simple answer to in a lecture back in 2008 - a lecture called "Don't Talk to Police".

"I am proud to admit on camera and on the internet that I will never talk to any police officer under any circumstances," Duane said in the lecture.

The 28-minute lecture is now making the rounds online in the wake of Netflix's Making a Murderer - being viewed in part 9 million times on Facebook after a company called INSIDER made a video showing how the lessons in the lecture, parallel to the popular documentary.

"It was not even my plan to put it on the internet," Duane told NewsChannel 3. "The series has apparently opened a lot of people's eyes for the first time to some of the way in which police, even well-intentioned, honest, sincere police officers, who are trying to gather the truth, can use psychological tactics and methods they learned to make people say things that they later retracted and insist was not true."

And in the now viral lecture, this professor shows how easily someone can give a false confession with a simple question.

"You are all wrong, everybody who raised their hand, you are the kind of person who should never talk to police under any circumstance for as long as you live."

Watch how and why Duane says you should Watch Your Words in a special report airing on NewsChannel 3 Monday night at 11 p.m.