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Bill signed into law requires outside investigations in police-related deaths

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday to require Wisconsin's largest police agencies to stop investigating themselves when their officers kill suspects.  

The Republican Walker approved a bill that forces all Wisconsin law enforcement agencies to use outside investigators in officer-involved deaths.  

About two dozen supporters and relatives of those by police in high profile incidents attended a private ceremony at the State Capitol where Walker signed the measure.  

Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay and Madison Democrat Chris Taylor were the chief sponsors of the measure.  

The new law requires at least two investigators from outside agencies to lead reviews of suspects' deaths -- and if no criminal charges are filed, reports of the investigations must be publicly released.

Bies said the measure will take effect in about 10 days.  

Most smaller Wisconsin law enforcement agencies already use outside agencies in such instances. The new law does not apply to death investigations in county jails and prisons. The state Department of Corrections already handles those.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)