You may not be able to legally lie to a copy but they can certainly lie to you. This rather one-sided law makes it no surprise that so many cops have a difficult time with the truth. But once in a while you get a cop who is up front and honest with you:
They wanted to know where two guys were, and Crinnian later found out police believed they violated parole.
“I said, ‘I have no idea who you’re talking about I’ve never heard of these people before,’” he said.
To prove it, he said police asked to search his house, Crinnian refused multiple times. He said they needed a warrant.
Then he said one police officer started threatening him saying, “If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”
What’s worse is that the cops could have done exactly that and received little more than a slap on the wrist. It’s amazing how far modern policing has fallen from the old motto of protect and serve. The new motto should be to assault and terrorize.