Would you help police investigate a family member?

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    Oct 13, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    Watching Dateline and this question just came up.....so let's say you had reason to believe that a family member had committed a felony, would you help the police investigate them?


    For me, I don't think I could do it...
  • calibro

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    Oct 13, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    depends. say you're relative is accused of raping children, are you really going to impede that investigation?
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    I'd stay out of that business as much as I could.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    I live in Mexico so it's a moot point.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    Depends, but if need be, yes I would.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    investigating is my career goals so yeah pretty much. yes they're family but at the same time they're STILL PEOPLE. trust is an investment. information is insurance
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 13, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    How much did you say they were paying me?
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    I plea the 5th.
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    If it's a bullsh*t, non-violent, private prison capacity quota filling charge then no freaking way. Especially anything related to personal behavior that doesn't affect other people. On the other hand, if I watched a family member murder someone in cold blood, I'd turn them in myself.

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    Oct 13, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Ravco saidIf it's a bullsh*t, non-violent, private prison capacity quota filling charge then no freaking way. Especially anything related to personal behavior that doesn't affect other people. On the other hand, if I watched a family member murder someone in cold blood, I'd turn them in myself.


    Now now, think this thing through. What if your family member whacked someone you wanted out of the way? Even if you didn't exactly directly order the hit?


    Good point!
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    Oct 13, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Erhm...probably. I'm the type who doesn't realize the severity of things.

    Cop: We found the body with a pizza cutter sliced into his throat....

    Me: Yeah that sounds like her....
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Oct 13, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    Well it depends. I pick favorites for family members so... It depends.
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    Oct 13, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
    Oh yeah. There are whole branches of my family than need to be locked away.
    Plus, it would save me the trouble of the petty burglaries, vandalism, and the inevitable restraining orders.
  • Just_Tim

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    Oct 13, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    I used to have dreams about getting in trouble for my friend's and family's crimes. (None of which are actually criminals) but it used to scare me. Now that I'm an adult I think I can say that I would be in their corner no matter what they did. There ARE obvious exceptions, of course. But no, I wouldn't help the police.
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    Oct 13, 2012 7:42 AM GMT
    Depends
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    Oct 13, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    Depends on what they did. But in most cases no.
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:01 AM GMT
    Yes.

    You get to choose? They may have comitted a crime but they are a family member so that's ok?
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:50 AM GMT
    UKgunz saidYes.

    You get to choose? They may have comitted a crime but they are a family member so that's ok?

    No, it doesn't make what they did ok. But I would die for my family so I sure as hell would do what i can to help them.

    Unless it was too severe like murder.
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    Oct 13, 2012 9:50 AM GMT
    It varies ,probbaly subject to how close are these relatives or people of mine. The ones couldn't careless speaks pretty much on how helpful I would be towards them.icon_rolleyes.gif

    In my first line of blood yeah! otherwise ill play my cards carefully * not to say I'm vicious, but then again ill be very open given on such situations.
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    Oct 13, 2012 10:00 AM GMT
    I was washing my hair at the time.
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    Oct 13, 2012 10:07 AM GMT
    Even in the face of overwhelming evidence, most close family members (particularly mothers) appear to have an in-built auto-denial switch that prevents them acknowledging their relative could ever commit a serious crime.
  • thirdoz

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    Oct 13, 2012 10:45 AM GMT
    Fuck the police.



    Unless it's my family, then I'd testify against 'em, even for a bullshit charge. I don't have a battered wife complex over people who've disowned me. Even if we do speak, once a year, via email. Well...speak isn't right, it's just a cyber-bday card they probably have on auto-send.
  • calibro

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    Oct 13, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidI was washing my hair at the time.


    i thought i was blowing... i mean blow drying you.
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    Oct 13, 2012 2:14 PM GMT
    I would cooperate. I can't lie for shit icon_neutral.gif Besides, I'm held accountable for my actions..why shouldn't everyone else be?
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    Oct 13, 2012 2:25 PM GMT
    Yes, I would.
    I turned in my father's brother and his son, (my first cousin), to the police and the IRS when I discovered they were embezzling and hiding money stolen from my family business.

    Turned out my father knew they were doing it too, but pretended not to. I wanted to turn my father in as well, but that would have done irreparable harm to the financial well being of the company. Too many families' income and futures were at stake not to act. Unfortunately the actual paper trail leading to my father is gone. So for now we tolerate one another.
    (Father paid all fines for my uncle and cousin. Charges were dropped. icon_mad.gif )

    Tristan