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Democratic aide says Gov. Walker will sign officer-involved shootings bill

Posted: Updated: Apr 22, 2014 11:15 PM
MADISON -- An aide to a Wisconsin lawmaker said Gov. Scott Walker intends to sign a bill that would put outside agencies in charge of investigating officer-involved deaths.

Craig Trost, an aide to Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), said in an email that Walker's office notified Taylor's office that he plans to sign the bill Wednesday.

Taylor and Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) developed the legislation in response to three high-profile deaths in the last 10 years. None of the incidents resulted in criminal charges.

Supporters believe the new requirements will counter claims that police protect their own from consequences of using deadly force. But the bill's opponents think it could create conflict and confusion for Wisconsin agencies that have traditionally done the investigations themselves.

The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year.

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