Georgia law giving police grand jury access may face change

ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers facing indictment in Georgia have a privilege the average citizen doesn’t have and that even police in other states don’t have.

Georgia law requires that a law enforcement officer be notified in advance that a grand jury will hear his or her case. The officer is also allowed to sit in on the entire proceeding and make a statement at the end that prosecutors can’t question.

The law has drawn criticism and Georgia legislators are proposing changes in a bill filed Monday.

The officer could still testify under the proposed legislation. But he couldn’t listen to the rest of the witnesses and would be subject to questioning by the district attorney and grand jurors. The prosecutor would also be able to provide rebuttal evidence.