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Bill would change how Wisconsin police agencies investigate officer-involved incidents

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A proposed bill would change the way at least some Wisconsin police departments investigate shootings that involve their own officers.

Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay, a former Door County sheriff, said he’s close to introducing the measure.

It would require police forces to bring in at least two people from outside agencies to help determine if an officer broke the law. Bies says there have been public concerns over a number of recent officer-involved shootings in Madison, Milwaukee, and Kenosha.

He says the public does not always have confidence when a police agency investigates its own – like many larger police forces do.

Also, Assembly Democrat Chris Taylor of Madison says many police departments conduct internal investigation to see if their officers violate their policies. Taylor says she’s working on a separate bill to require more independence in those cases as well.