John, I cannot believe that you honestly think what Amaral did is OK. But I think for some reason it has to do with protecting Amaral ... and it is not about Justice at all.
Can you give me an honest answer to this question Sadie.
You are a senior police officer and have a young girl missing on your patch. Her mother initially confesses to having bashed her head against a wall killing her and of asking her brother to hide the body. The woman is then incarcerated in prison and refuses to say where the girl is hidden. She gets a new lawyer and next thing you know she is denying the murder and refusing to cooperate. There is a small chance the girl might still be alive or at the very least you have a chance of recovering her remains and giving her a decent funeral, what do you do?
1. Do you accept what the mother now says and abandon the search.
2. Do you apply pressure to the mother in an attempt to save the child?
This was the predicament which Amaral and his men were faced with.