To prohibit the release to a third party of certain statements made by a police officer to his or her employer about official duty actions, unless the officer gives written consent for the release. This refers to so-called "Garrity statements" (referencing a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case), which are statements made under threat of discharge. Due to the their coercive nature these statements may not be used in a criminal case against an office without violating his or her Fifth Amendment protection from self incrimination. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on May 24, 2006