Purpose of Proposed Missouri Bill is to Change Current Policies on the Way Law Enforcement Investigate Deaths Involving Officers

A lawmaker in the state of Missouri recently proposed a bill which would change the way state law enforcement agencies perform investigations internally. Lawmakers say House Bill 461 would require all agencies in the state to possess written investigation policies for officer-involved deaths and assign an independent agency to perform the investigation. Lawmakers say individuals have to have faith in those investigations and that they’re being conducted fairly and objectively and there is a conflict of interest if the department conducts the investigation alone. Lawmakers say an agency can’t conduct an investigation fairly and properly on an officer that is currently employed by an agency where their coworkers and their friends might be the ones that are investigating. If the proposed bill gains approval it will take effect in August.

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