The Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously voted in favor of external investigations of officer-involved deaths. Officers who take a life will no longer be solely investigated by their coworkers.
Now we must get Wisconsin Senators on board.
You’ve gotten us this far. Will you please take just a moment to encourage your Wisconsin Senator to support Assembly Bill 409?
Here is where you can find your Senator’s email address: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/pages/waml.aspx and, here’s an example of what you could write to them:
The fatal use of force is the ultimate life or death decision that law enforcement officers should hope to never have to make. However, in the instance of an officer-involved death, we believe that the internal investigation into the incident shouldn’t be run by police officers from the same jurisdiction.
Assembly Bill 409, passed with unanimous through the State Assembly on Tuesday, February 18.
This bill, quite simply, requires at least two investigators from outside the law enforcement agency in which the death occurred.
This bill, authored by Rep. Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), brought families and loved ones of those impacted by an officer-involved death together with law enforcement to address their concerns. The result is a bill that would insert more independence into the investigation, reassuring families while protecting the rights of law enforcement officers.
Wisconsin is on the precipice of becoming the first state in the nation to mandate and independent investigation into officer-involved deaths.
This bipartisan bill is supported not only by families who have lost loved ones, but also multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
As such, I’m writing to encourage you to vote in favor of Assembly Bill 409, when it comes before you.
Sincerely, Your Name Address City, State Zip
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