than to speak and remove all doubt: would I lie to you?

Yup.

Specifically I am talking about the fairly common Myth that if you ask an undercover cop if he/she is a cop that he/she HAS to tell you.

I don’t know where this myth originated but I see it all the time, almost ALWAYS in prostitution investigations. I wonder if it’s just “talismanic thinking”?

In reality the Police can lie about all sorts of things. “We have your fingerprints.” “Your partner just gave you up.” etc. that’s all good police work. Where a good cop NEVER lies is in court, on his/her reports and paperwork or before a judge (ex. when getting a warrant).

I think this idea (that Cops cant lie about being cops) goes hand in hand with misunderstanding what Entrapment is. Ill talk about THAT another time.