SECTION 1. Chapter 268 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 32B the following new section:—
Section 32C. Every person who files any allegation of misconduct against any police officer, knowing the report to be false, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or by a fine of not more than $1000 or by imprisonment in jail for not more than 2 ½ years, or by both such a fine and imprisonment in jail. For the purposes of this section, “police officer” shall mean an employee of a city, town, county, the Commonwealth or the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority authorized to make arrest.Any law enforcement agency accepting an allegation of misconduct against a police officer shall require the complainant to read and sign the following information advisory, all in bold-face type:
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER FOR ANY IMPROPER CONDUCT. THIS AGENCY MAY FIND THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE YOUR ALLEGATION AND WARRANT ACTION ON YOUR COMPLAINT: EVEN IF THIS IS THE CASE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE COMPLAINT AND HAVE IT INVESTIGATED IF YOU BELIEVE AN OFFICER BEHAVED IMPROPERLY.PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO MAKE A COMPLAINT YOU KNOW TO BE FALSE. IF YOU MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST AN OFFICER KNOWING IT IS FALSE, YOU MAY BE PROSECUTED ON A FELONY CHARGE. I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE ABOVE STATEMENT. I FURTHER REALIZE THIS COMPLAINT IS SIGNED UNDER THE PAINS AND PENALTIES OF PERJURY.
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