HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation that would have restricted the situations in which police officers are identified after firing their weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury.
Wolf rejected the legislation Monday, after it passed both the Republican-controlled House and Senate by veto-proof majorities last month.
In his veto message, Wolf says the law would have withheld important information from the public. He says he’s deeply concerned for the safety of police officers, but that police departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public.
The bill mandated the release of the officer’s name if he or she was charged with a crime. But the officer’s name could’ve been withheld if an investigation didn’t produce charges.