NEW INFORMATION: Governor signs police investigation bill

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill requiring Wisconsin police departments to use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths.

The bill comes in the wake of several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state in recent years. Supporters say it will alleviate concerns about investigators from the same department covering up their friends' misconduct.

Currently smaller departments routinely rely on outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths. But the state's biggest departments, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee, investigate their own officers.

The measure passed both the Assembly and Senate on voice votes earlier this year. Walker's office announced Wednesday he signed the measure during a private ceremony in the state Capitol.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The sponsors of a bill that mandates Wisconsin police departments use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths say Gov. Scott Walker has signed the measure into law.

The bill comes in the wake of several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state in recent years. Supporters say it will alleviate concerns about investigators from the same department covering up their friends' misconduct.

Currently smaller departments routinely rely on outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths. But the state's two biggest departments, Madison and Milwaukee, investigate their own officers.

The measure passed both the Assembly and Senate on voice votes earlier this year. The bill's chief sponsors, Reps. Chris Taylor and Garey Bies, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying the governor has signed the measure.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker says Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.

Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor, says in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.

Taylor, a Madison Democrat, and Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay, developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of those incidents resulted in criminal charges.

Supporters say the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But police observers say the bill could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.

The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.


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