Lawmaker vows to reintroduce bill on when to ID police after lethal force

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker is vowing to reintroduce legislation that restricts when police officers are identified after firing their weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury.

Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) said she’ll introduce the bill in the next legislative session. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the measure on Monday.

White said her proposal would have delayed police departments from releasing officer’s names for 30 days unless criminal charges are filed or an investigation is completed sooner.

“Shootings are increasingly political,” White said in a statement. “That places the lives of our officers and the lives of their family members in danger. While we need transparency whenever police are involved in a shooting, we owe our officers basic protection from threats.”

Wolf said he’s deeply concerned for the safety of police officers, but he said situations where law enforcement uses deadly force demand transparency or “a harmful mistrust will grow between police officers and the communities they protect and serve.”

“Further, I cannot allow local police department policies to be superseded and transparency to be criminalized, as local departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public,” he said in a statement.

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