Saturday, May 2, 2015
Statement Analysis: Ian Adams, Rhetorical Question
What does it mean when one asks a question in an open statement where no answer is sought?
If this takes place during an interview, it is very important to not answer the question, as the subject may be speaking to himself, especially if re-living the event. By pausing, you allow time to see if the subject is directing the question to you, or to himself.
In a written statement, we may wonder the same thing: is the subject asking the question of the audience, or, is he using a rhetorical question to make a point.
The following is a written statement made by Ian Adams.
Mr. Adams is a police officer and is a spokesman for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police. He asks a question at the end of the statement.
"Police are trained and expected to react to deadly threats. As many deadly threats emerge is the exact amount of times police will respond. The onus is on the person being arrested to stop trying to assault and kill police officers and the innocent public. … Why do some in society continue to insist the problem lies with police officers?"
Note the question that the written statement poses is rhetorical.
He stated that the "onus" is upon the person who is being arrested. This person must "stop trying to assault and kill police officers", with "officers" being plural. This comes before the question, in the written statement.
The question is "why" "some in society" not only insist, but "continue to insist" the problem lies with police officers. To "continue to insist" introduces the element of time.
When someone asks a question in an open statement, it is a very important statement, and may indicate the subject is not seeking information from an intended audience but may be wrestling within himself, for an answer.
In analytical interviewing, we do not answer the question, but let the pause tell us if the subject is asking us a question, or:
if he is asking himself a question.
IF the subject is speaking to himself, it is a very strong indicator that the subject is reliving the event: experiential memory is in play. It is reliable.
The following is a video of Ian Adams which should be viewed in light of his question posed.
Please note the video is graphic.
In Video: Note what Ian Adams said to the victim in the hospital about being a "man."
As an aside: Dog training commands: "Platz" is "place" to lay down by the handler. (German) Heir is "here" or "come" "Fass" is "Attack" command. The dog is reported to have been German Shepherd, but appears to be a Belgian Malinois. Most K-9 units have trained the dogs to apprehend and hold a suspect by the arm or leg. The only time K-9's are trained to bite anywhere else is a fleeing suspect or the body part that the suspect uses to attack with.
Note the delay in standing up by the suspect.
Do note the use of the word "man" by Adams at the hospital. What does this reveal? Our words reveal us all. What does the words used by Adams, at the hospital, speak to you, about who he is?