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Michigan Legislature Gives Police a Shield in Internal Investigations

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· Story link The Michigan legislature approved a bill that makes confidential the statements police officers make during in internal…

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The Michigan legislature approved a bill that makes confidential the statements police officers make during in internal affairs investigations. Under law, the officers must respond to interrogators questions or be fired. Law enforcement unions say the bill gives police the same public protections as citizens, who can invoke the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination. News organizations opposed the bill, saying it could be used to cover wrongdoing. (12/18/06)