Assembly to consider police death bill

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 6:28 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to vote on a bill that would require almost all Wisconsin police departments use outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths.

Right now larger department such as Madison and Milwaukee investigate their own officers. Many smaller agencies use outside investigators. Republican Rep. Garey Bies introduced the bill to create more confidence that officers aren't investigating their buddies.

The measure requires almost all agencies to use at least two outside investigators to prove officer-involved deaths and submit a report to prosecutors. The State Patrol could its own crash reconstruction units to investigate fatal accidents involving its own troopers, however.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Tuesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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