Police Threatened Me With Jail: Knox
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2009 11:18 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox returned to the stand for the second day today with a familiar theme: Italian police abused her—verbally and sometimes physically—so much that she became confused about events the night Meredith Kercher was killed. She said police threatened her with serious jail time if she didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear, the Telegraph reports. “If you don't start telling the truth,” she recalls police saying, “we'll put you in jail for 30 years.”

Knox says police pressured her into accusing her boss, Patrick Lumumba, when they discovered she had texted him that night with the phrase, "Fine, see you later." She told the court that it's a standard American signoff, not an indication of a set meeting. “Here's the message on your telephone, you wanted to meet up with him, you are a stupid liar,” Knox recalled the police saying. That's when one officer struck her on the head, twice. Lumumba has since been cleared in the case.