UPDATED Friday, November 7, 2013 --- 6:35 p.m.
Should a police department investigate itself?That's the question one group is trying to answer. They were at the capital Friday pushing for change.
John Heenan's son Paul died in Madison last year. He says it should have never happened.
Even though it was ruled as justified and no charges were filled, this group of parents say the investigations weren't thorough, and the officers are still to blame. Mike Bell lost his son and says it's unacceptable.
"If you were a football player and the team owner was your referee and you won every game for 100 years don't you think there's a problem with the rules?"
Trying to spark that change is a bi partisan bill in the assembly. If passed it would require police departments to create an independent review board to investigate all officer involved deaths.
Representative Chris Taylor is hoping the bill will get a hearing soon.
"All it does is create a process that the public can believe in."
The Bell family lost their son 9 years ago and Friday put out an add in USA Today, in part to get support for the bill.
The group went around the capitol and distributed papers to legislators.
John Heenan says he hopes the bill will make the process more transparent.
"Both of us have lost our sons and we don't want other fathers to lose their sons in a police shooting and have it not investigated by someone independent."
The Madison Police Department put out a statement saying it has new procedures in place in the event of future officer involved shootings, and hopes to be a leading agency in addressing these concerns.
UPDATED Thursday, September 5, 2013 --- 2:01 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is coming out against a bipartisan proposal to change the way law enforcement agencies investigate fatal shootings and other officer-involved deaths.
Van Hollen issued a statement Thursday calling the bill "unnecessary, unworkable and an expansion of government's already too burdensome bureaucracy."
He says there has been no showing of failure by the law enforcement officers and district attorneys who investigate officer-involved deaths.
The bill introduced on Thursday would require police departments to include at least two people from outside agencies on the team that investigates whether a law was violated.
It comes on the heels of public concern after police in Kenosha and Madison fatally shot two young men and another man died in the custody of Milwaukee police.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 --- 9:35 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new bill would change the way Madison police and other law enforcement agencies investigate fatal shootings and other deaths involving their officers.
A Wisconsin State Journal report says the measure would require police departments to include at least two people from outside agencies on the team that investigates whether a law was violated.
Republican state Rep. Garey Bies says he's close to introducing the bill. He says there have been public concerns after police in Kenosha and Madison fatally shot two young men, and another man died in the custody of Milwaukee police.
Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor says she's also working on a measure that would require a more independent review of whether an officer-involved shooting violated department policies or procedures.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press