It is frightening enough for a Louisiana resident to be accused of a serious crime. He or she may, sometimes even suddenly or at an odd hour, be asked to come to a police station, supposedly just to help clear up a difficult case. When the person, understandably nervous, tries to explain, the police accuse him or her of lying and will try to give the person a way out of the interrogation by confessing the crime.
This technique is called the Reid Technique, and police in Louisiana and throughout the United States have used it for decades in all kinds of cases, from petty theft or drug charges all the way up to rape and murder. The Technique relies on supposed non-verbal cues, like twitching or avoiding eye contact, that a police officer allegedly will assess quickly at the beginning of his or her interview with a suspect.