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Widely used police interrogation technique can result in false confession: Disclosure

CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2003 10:46 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2003 10:46 AM ET

Interrogation tactics used by some Canadian police are being criticized after a report by CBC Television’s investigative program, Disclosure, showed that Regina police and the RCMP led three suspects to falsely confess to a grisly murder.

Videotapes obtained by CBC Television document more than 15 hours of police interrogations in the Regina case. They show police using sophisticated, psychological interrogation techniques on three young men who eventually confess to raping and killing a 14-year-old Regina girl in a high-profile 1996 case.

“I’m not even sure how to explain it because I’m not sure how it happened to me,” says Joel Labadie, one of the three who falsely confessed.

“All I know is for hours on end I said ‘No, I had nothing to do with it.’ Next thing you know I’m sitting here going ‘Sure, why not. I did it.’ More or less it’s like they kill your spirit or something,” he said.