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Senate to take up police investigations bill

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Senate is set to vote on a bill that would require Wisconsin police departments to use outside investigators to probe officer-involved deaths.

The Assembly passed the bill in February. The Senate is set to take it up Tuesday, the last day of the two-year legislative session. Approval would send the measure on to Gov. Scott Walker.

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

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.

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