Friday, January 30, 2015
Officer Cynthia Witlatch: The Rarity of Outright Liars
This is from a video dash from Seattle Police officer Cynthia Witlatch.
Officer Witlach then yells to him to "put it down."
The man responded by saying it was his. He had to pull the hearing aid out to hear the yelling officer.
She continued to demand it to be put down and finally says to him that he swung it at her as a weapon.
He is dumbfounded. It is used for walking and he did not swing it at her.
He responded with a reliable denial, upon hearing her accusation.
She arrested him and he spent the night in jail, falsely accused of a crime.
Seattle Police did not react to this falsehood.
But, when Cynthia Witlatch posted on Facebook, SPD took action and placed her on Administrative Leave.
The false arrest and fabrication of reality did not appear to be reacted to by her superiors. Her Facebook posting, however, did.
Which is the greater ill?
Regarding her lie:
She fabricated reality when she said, "You swung it at me."
He did not. She articulated that which did not happen. Most deception is from the editing process where most every word is true, and the deception is found in the missing information.
This statement is a direct lie; that is, the rare, direct fabrication of reality. She not only called it a "weapon" but put the words together of something that did not exist, nor could be interpreted as a motion of a weapon.
The arrest is the ill that should have brought her superiors to understand:
She is the rare, less than 10%, liar, who has the ability to fabricate reality. This means:
a. She has learned this from childhood
b. Will be statistically, many times more likely to:
"fall" on the job;
file suits against others;
falsely accuse co-workers;
steal on the job;
steal off the job;
do whatever pleases her, without concern for the impact upon others...
in short, the "liar" is capable of doing more harm to the police department she works at, the public, and any business she connects with, and anyone she is personally involved in.
She will always put herself above the material needs of anyone, and everyone she comes in contact with. She may be mentally ill, or, in the least, psychologically damaged, but however she is classified, she is trouble.
Employers often learn the hard way just how bad the liar is, too late. She should have been screened out early on. What caused SPD to hire her?
Every Seattle law enforcement official now has a mess on their hands, in some form or another. They all will be blamed to some degree, though only her superior and the one who interviewed her for the job should be dealt with.
Employers look over the mess on their hands. Sometimes it is financial, sometimes it is personal, and sometimes it is more messy than they can put in categories. Reputations, law suits, ill will, morale, bad public relations, loss of trust and confidence...on and on it goes.
When they are cleaning up the mess, they lament the damage done.
Do the honorable officers in law enforcement need this black eye of racism in the wake of the lying mob in Ferguson and the media, hungry for headlines, willing to print "hands up" lies just to get traffic to their sites?
Do the hardworking and honest professionals need to have this liar create even more strained relations with law enforcement, especially after hearing the demagogues paint police, in NYC and elsewhere, as inherently racist?
Cynthia Witlatch is trouble.
Her condemnations of racism indicate projection when you watch her in action on the video. Her posts do not indicate her racism; her action does. In her posting, she decries black racism. Black racism is racism as much as any other type of racism. Yet it was she, Cynthia Witlatch, who arrested and terrorized a senior citizen who did nothing wrong, and would need to explain to her superiors, why she fabricated his actions.
The victim's hands were locked in a vulnerable position by being handcuffed. As a 70 year old, he would already have the natural anxiety that comes with the loss of strength. We all like to have our hands free, to protect ourselves. Being vulnerable to being struck is frightening, but it is even more frightening to an older man.
To add powerful restriction to this vulnerability may be something that impacts him for the rest of his life. He may suffer nightmares because of her actions. There is a report that she bragged of a "beat down" she and others gave to a black suspect. I do not know if this is true or not, but I believe Cynthia Witlatch is capable of doing more rotten things than I can list.
The standard I use is ancient: "Do unto others as you would have them done unto you..." works well.
When you meet an officer, he is armed with deadly force, and you are not. Most are cognizant of this position of vulnerability and do not exploit it. Witlatch is quoted as saying she has gone after citizens for "contempt of cop", which, if true, suggests a psychological void that she used her position of authority and deadly force to fill, at the expense of others. Hence, profile of a "liar" as one who will put herself above all needs of others.
Whatever it was that caused SPD to hire her, should be revisited. Statement Analysis would have revealed this deeply troubled liar. Racism is just one outworking of the liar. She will damage anyone who displeases her, at any time, with the most unexpected results.
Even after all the years of studying lies, interviewing liars, of all ages, I am still unable to qualify the damage a liar does.
I have the pleasure of working with professionals in and out of law enforcement. Each day that passes, they are not known in the media. Yet, they feel the sting when a Cynthia Witlatch rises to prominence, and causes the public to unjustly judge them. They do not lie, and they do not enjoy the pain of others. They are acutely aware of their position of authority, and exercise professional manners out of respect for the public, and respect for themselves.
Statement Analysis is used by companies in the hiring process with startling results. Companies that are prone to theft and shrinkage by employees have verifiable figures of lessening losses, year after year, after working with an analyst in the hiring process, and getting their best and brightest trained. Law Enforcement should be no different.
Societal or political pressure in hiring will consistently be proven, year after year, to cause damage, while those free to hire "the best and brightest" will benefit.
Cynthia Witlatch should not have gone past the interview process. If done correctly, her original application would likely have kept her from even being interviewed.
If she returns to the streets of Seattle, it will not bode well.
Remember: she is not the usual deceiver. She is rare.
She is willing to deceive with a camera running. She cannot stop herself from lying. It is instinctive to her, engrained from childhood. Less than 10% of deception is found this way and when it is seen, it should be quarantined for the danger it poses to all.
I don't like to think of any of my children being pulled over, but I know from experience of many law enforcement officials of whom I would know, if they had to pull over my son or daughter, would be honest, respectful and fair minded. This is my personal "litmus" test knowing those who believe "do unto others as you would have them do unto you..." or "treat others the way you want to be treated..." as their standard.
I would fear Cynthia Witlatch.
Every profession has liars, who are all dangerous in one way, or in another, or in yet another. It is just that in law enforcement, we have both deadly force, and a growing anti-law enforcement sentiment in our country.
This is an unfortunate combination and even after the murder of two NYC police officers, little has been said from our nation's leaders to defend law enforcement.
This, too, is unfortunate. The Cynthia Witlatch types should be seen in context of the thousands who do their work for us, at pay grades lower than what the job demands.
Hiring the best and brightest, as some companies, I believe, are still free to do, is a solution that shouldn't warrant discussion. Law enforcement needs our best and brightest, and the salaries should be commensurate. Like school teachers, law enforcement officials have a major impact upon society and should be paid in kind.
Screening applicants, via the skills of Statement Analysis, will be a solution that should be discussed.