Yes, that means YOU. It doesn’t mean you guilty people or you people who aren’t good at talking to authority figures. I mean every person, every situation — YOU.
First, let me start off with a very basic fact. No one ever talks himself out of being arrested. I know you want to think that it’s possible, but trust me, it’s not. The police aren’t talking to you because they want to find out your side of it. They already have a story about what happened and they’re looking to get facts out of your mouth that fill in that story. That’s it. And they know that you want to explain yourself by telling your story. They’re taking advantage of that very basic tendency most people have.
But, you say, what if I have nothing to hide because I’ve done nothing wrong? Think about a situation in your own life where you and another person disagreed over what was said. Maybe the other person recalls you saying that you would pick up something up and bring it to work tomorrow, while you clearly recall the other person saying they would do it. Happens all the time. Now let’s say, instead, that this disagreement is between you and a police officer who’s questioning you regarding a murder. You say, but I don’t even own a gun! I’ve never even touched a gun in my whole life! The police officer clearly recalls not telling you that the murder was committed with a gun. Is that true? Police officers, like the rest of us, are only human. Can they really remember never, even once, saying anything about a gun or a shooting? How about if the officer described in a way that made you assume it was a shooting? Now you have to explain yourself to a jury and explanations almost always look like a way of covering up a lie. Who will the jury believe? You, the person on trial who has to justify an incriminating statement, or the officer, a professional witness who isn’t trying to keep himself out of jail?
Repeat it to yourself again for good measure: Every time you talk to the police, you WILL regret it!