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Bill would require outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deathsSubmitted: 04/01/2014
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The state Senate should vote today on a bill that would require Wisconsin police departments to use outside investigators to look into officer-involved deaths.

The Assembly passed the bill in February.

Approval would send the measure on to Governor Scott Walker.

The proposal comes after several high-profile officer involved deaths across the state in recent years.

Supporters say the bill will ease concerns about investigators from the same department covering up their friends' misconduct.

Smaller departments routinely rely on outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths.

But the state's two biggest departments, Madison and Milwaukee, investigate their own officers.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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