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Does an undercover police officer have to identify himself if you ask, ‘Are you a cop?’

Jim Ware
StarNews

“Absolutely not,” said Mike Grimes of Hampstead, a retired agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“I’ve been asked that a hundred times, and I lied very time,” said Grimes, who frequently worked undercover for the DEA.

He said there is no legal requirement for police officers to tell the truth when they are working undercover.

“Under certain situations, the police are permitted to lie,” he said. “It’s a continuum of the deceit.”

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2 Responses to “ Does an undercover police officer have to identify himself if you ask, ‘Are you a cop?’”

  1. On October 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm Tracy wrote:

    No Policeman can lie to you about anything but you are expected to tell them the truth. It’s a double standard

  2. On August 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm DJ wrote:

    However when the ALE is investigating or running stings the underage buyers MUST legally tell the truth. If you ask their age and they LIE then it is entrapment under NC law and any charges for selling to minors will be tossed out by a judge who knows the law.



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