Most back outside review of custody deaths, Wisconsin poll says

Hoping to rally support for a bill that would require outside review of police custody deaths, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association on Tuesday released results of a poll that indicates most residents support it.

The bill, which has passed the full Assembly and the Senate Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs, has yet to be scheduled for a vote before the full Senate. With the legislative session waning, its only remaining chances to reach the Senate floor would be March 18 or the first week of April. If Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) does not schedule a vote, the bill will die.

Speaking in a hallway just feet from a hectic floor session, Fitzgerald said … Continue reading

Overwhelming Support to Require Investigations of Officer-Involved Deaths

WPPA Statewide Poll Shows Overwhelming Public Support for Bill to Require Independent Investigations of Officer-Involved Deaths

(Madison, Wis.) – As the Wisconsin State Senate considers whether to pass important legislation to mandate that outside investigators review law enforcement officer-involved deaths, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), which supports the measure, today released the results of a recent statewide survey that shows that a large majority of state residents do as well.

“Law enforcement officers recognize that maintaining the public’s trust is key to keeping our communities safe,” said Jim Palmer, the WPPA’s executive director. “This is a common sense measure that will serve to reassure the public that these unfortunate situations, when they occur, are appropriately and independently reviewed.”

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