Seriously? And let the pervs scatter? No, police should not have to be truthful in this situation. No, no, no!
I found my answer, the police can deceive a potential perp while setting them up for arrest as long as they don’t lure someone into committing a crime who a) has never committed a crime and b) aren’t disposed to commit that type of crime. In this case it appears that all the perps made initial contact and continued until they arranged a “date” with what they thought was a child.
P.S. Randy Weaver was entrapped because the undercover ATF agent cajoled him into shortening a shotgun barrel to slightly less than 18”.
If you lie to cops, you face charges for it. If they lie to us, no problem.
That makes PERFECT sense. /s
Police should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one.