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Wisconsin panel OKs scaled-down police death probe bill

 
 Wisconsin panel OKs scaled-down police death probe bill
Posted Thursday, January 23rd 2014 @ 1pm  by Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A legislative committee has approved a scaled-down bill establishing new protocols for investigating deaths involving police officers.

Rep. Garey Bies initially proposed a bill that would have required departments to involve outside investigators and created a state review board.

The law enforcement community pushed back, saying most agencies already use outside investigators and the board could conflict with district attorneys.

Bies submitted a new bill to the Assembly criminal justice committee on Thursday. The measure requires outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths except in Milwaukee.

The committee approved the bill 8-2. Rep. Evan Goyke says he later changed his ``yes'' vote to ``no'' after learning the bill doesn't guarantee victims' families access to investigative reports, but the committee clerk he can't switch his vote. Goyke didn't immediately return a message.

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