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UPDATE: Public hearing today on bill to change officer-involved death investigations



MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The leader of the state Assembly's criminal justice committee says a bill that would create a state board to review officer-involved deaths is a tough sell.

The bipartisan bill would require police agencies to use outside investigators and create a state Justice Department board that would review the probe and making charging recommendations to prosecutors.

The criminal justice committee held a public hearing on the measure Thursday. The panel's chairman, Rep. Joel Kleefisch, told the bill's chief author, Rep. Gary Bies, that bill will have a tough time getting through because it suggest lawmakers don't trust the police.

Bies, a former Door County sheriff's deputy, responded that many agencies already use outside agencies as a matter of policy and the bill isn't as critical of police as Kleefisch might think.


MADISON (WKOW) -- There's a public hearing today on a bill that would change the way police handle officer-involved deaths.

The Wisconsin Assembly's criminal justice committee will hold the hearing Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Capitol.

This bipartisan bill would require a team of three investigators, including two from an agency that wasn't involved in the death. Those investigators would prepare a report on any incident, then a new state Justice Department board would review the report and submit a recommendation to prosecutors. The report would also be forwarded to anyone responsible for disciplining an officer if need be.


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