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Three police officers have no claim under statute prohibiting disclosure of "involuntary statements"

Michigan has a statute that allows police departments to compel officers to give involuntary statements in internal-affairs investigations, with employment termination as the penalty for non-compliance.  The statute also prohibits disclosure of the content of the statements and prohibits their use in any criminal prosecution.  Richard White, the Director of Public Safety for the City of Portage required several officers to give an involuntary statement, and then held a press conference where he justifed their firing by reference to the content of their involuntary statements.

The three officers sued, arguing that the disclosure of the content of the private involuntary statements was illegal and defamatory.  The Court upheld the dismissal of the officers' claims, ruling that the statute did not provide them with any remedy for its violation.

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