What should I say?
September 25, 2013 4:59 PM Subscribe
I'm a nurse. Recently, a police officer approached me at work to ask me some questions about a patient. I discussed the issue with my supervisor who clarified my hospital policy on talking to the police, but how do I figure out my personal legal and moral obligations around this?
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As a political lefty/radical type, my long-ingraned instinct is to never answer police questions without a lawyer. I don't feel that answering questions about a patient requires me to have my own lawyer, but on the other hand, I still feel discomfort being involved in a police investigation when my role is as an advocate for my patients. I don't feel my job is to support (or obstruct) police investigations and my instinct is to avoid involvement.
I'm wondering if there are online resources, an advocacy organization or non-profit, or a smart legal advocate type public person or organization I could query via the internet to help me think through what I personally want to say to the police in these circumstances.
The answer "talk to a lawyer" will not be helpful to me. However, as I say in my question, if you have a specific legal organization or person you think would help me think this through, I would love to hear that.