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Senate set to pass officer-involved deaths bill

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Senate may take up legislation next month that would require Wisconsin police departments to enlist outside investigations to probe officer-involved deaths.

The proposal was introduced after a number of high-profile officer-involved deaths in recent years across the state. The Assembly passed the bill without opposition in February. A final vote in the Senate could come on April 1. If passed, the legislation would go to Gov. Scott Walker for consideration.

Republican sponsors say they hope outside investigations would address concerns about officers from the same department not being fair in their investigations.

Currently, smaller Wisconsin departments will often call on outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths. However, the two biggest police departments in the state, in Madison and Milwaukee, investigate their own officers.
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