As a former police officer, detective, and police administrator, I’ve heard the guilty profess innocence even when confronted with evidence proving their guilt.
For instance, the above comes from an individual I arrested. During the search of this person, a small bindle of methamphetamine was removed from the front pocket of the pants the individual was wearing. The first thing he said was, “I’m innocent; they’re not even my pants, man!”
This was an interesting turn of events, considering I had also removed cash from the same pants that the person claimed was theirs, along with their wallet, keys, and other items all belonging to the person. Then when the methamphetamine was discovered, suddenly this person was wearing someone else’s pants. Now, I suppose it’s possible. But it wasn’t very likely, and in this particular case they weren’t someone else’s pants.
Officers with any time on the job all have similar stories to tell and often become jaded. But we must remember that not everyone accused of a crime is guilty.
The majority, I believe, are guilty, but there are a few that are actually innocent. Every police officer will agree that when something is wrong, their senses alert them to potential danger.
I submit that the same is true when dealing with a truly innocent person. Something within the officer lets them know something isn’t quite right, and it’s at this point they must make a decision to either investigate further or stifle this silly little notion.