Bill at Legislature would ban police departments from self-investigating fatal shootings


There's a move at the Minnesota Legislature to prohibit law enforcement agencies from investigating fatal shootings that involve their own officers.

Bills introduced by a Senate DFLer and a House Republican are meant to improve public confidence in police investigations, one sponsor says.

DFL Sen. Ron Latz of St. Louis Park says in a statement that most agencies already use outside investigators, adding “This legislation is not about punishing police, but rather enhancing the communities’ faith in its law enforcement officers."

A companion bill in the House was introduced by Republican Tony Cornish of Vernon Center, a retired police officer.

Latz tells FOX 9 he thinks the chances of the bill passing "are pretty good," calling it a common sense thing.

Latz tells FOX his bill is modeled after a Wisconsin law that was called the first of its kind when Gov. Scott Walker signed it last May.

On Monday family members of a woman fatally shot by police on an Eden Prairie highway last year became the latest to file a lawsuit claiming improper use of deadly force by an officer, the Star Tribune reports.

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