November 11, 2015

Pa. bill would make it illegal to identify officers involved in civilian shootings

State House Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve it

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A Pennsylvania House Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill prohibiting identifying police officers involved in civilian shootings until the completion of an “official investigation,” Philadelphia Magazine reports.

In July, City Paper reported Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey had announced the city would immediately begin releasing the names of officers involved in civilian shootings.

That decision led to protests, including by the city’s police union, and the subsequent bill introduced by Republican State Rep. Martina White would reverse it.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, under the bill, officers who are not charged could be named by public officials only after an investigation and only if doing so would not "create a risk of harm to the person or property of the officer or their family."

Read the full report at Philadelphia Magazine.