Wisconsin Passes Law to Require Oustide Investigation in Police-Involved Deaths

A new law in Wisconsin will require that law enforcement agencies have an outside agency review deaths that happen in law enforcement custody. I have recommend the practice several times before here on Crimcourts. Ultimately, it benefits the agency involved, as the outside invstigation won’t have the stigma of being tainted. Outside investigators are less likely to have their conclusions tainted by their relationship to the subjects, and thus the results will give more confidence to the public when they are established. It’s a win-win situation, that ought to be common sense, but many law enforcement agencies don’t see it that way. And it costs us all when the lack of oversight ends up resulting in lawsuits that come out of taxpayer monies.



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