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Van Hollen against bill requiring more outsiders for cop involved shooting deaths

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's attorney general says he's against the idea of requiring more outsiders to investigate shooting deaths committed by police officers. 

J.B. Van Hollen calls the measure, "unnecessary, unworkable, and an expansion of government's already too-burdensome bureaucracy."  

Assembly Republican Garey Bies, a former Door County chief deputy, introduced the bill Thursday. It requires police departments to have at least two investigators from outside agencies, in determining whether officers are justified or not when they shoot someone. 

The state Justice Department generally provides a review for smaller police forces, while larger police agencies often investigate themselves -- something Bies says hurts public confidence in law enforcement. 

Van Hollen says there have been no showings of failures by those investigating officer-involved deaths.  

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