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2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
October 4, 2013 - Introduced by Representatives Bies, C. Taylor, Berceau, Goyke,
Kahl, Kessler and T. Larson, cosponsored by Senators L. Taylor, Lehman and
Risser. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
AB409,1,3 1An Act to create 15.07 (1) (a) 6., 15.07 (3) (bm) 7., 15.255 (1m) and 165.855 of
2the statutes; relating to: investigation of deaths involving a law enforcement
3officer.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires each law enforcement agency to have a written policy, subject
to the approval of the law enforcement standards board, regarding the handling of
deaths involving a law enforcement officer. The policy must require a team of
investigators consisting of three individuals, two of whom must be from an agency
that does not employ an officer involved in the death being investigated, to prepare
a report and provide it to the district attorney of the county in which the death
occurred. The district attorney must give the report to the board for the review of
officer-involved deaths, which this bill creates and attaches to the Department of
Justice. The board must review the report to ensure it addresses all aspects of the
death and may request further information from the investigative team. The board
may then submit recommendations to the district attorney and may forward the
report to any person responsible for the discipline of a law enforcement officer
involved in the death.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB409,1
1Section 1. 15.07 (1) (a) 6. of the statutes is created to read:
AB409,2,32 15.07 (1) (a) 6. The members of the board for review of officer-involved deaths
3shall be appointed as provided in s. 15.255 (1m) (b).
AB409,2 4Section 2. 15.07 (3) (bm) 7. of the statutes is created to read:
AB409,2,65 15.07 (3) (bm) 7. The board for review of officer-involved deaths shall meet as
6necessary to perform its duties under s. 165.855 (5).
AB409,3 7Section 3. 15.255 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB409,2,118 15.255 (1m) Board for review of officer-involved deaths. (a) There is
9created a board for review of officer-involved deaths that is attached to the
10department of justice under s. 15.03. The board shall be composed of 5 members as
11follows:
AB409,2,1212 1. One retired or reserve judge.
AB409,2,1413 2. A former sheriff, chief of police, chief deputy sheriff, or chief deputy chief of
14police.
AB409,2,1515 3. An assistant attorney general.
AB409,2,1716 4. A professor or researcher affiliated with a Wisconsin university or college
17who has expertise in the field of criminal law or criminal justice.
AB409,2,1918 5. A former district attorney or assistant district attorney who served in that
19capacity for at least 10 years.
AB409,2,2120 (b) The members of the board under par. (a) shall be appointed by the attorney
21general for staggered 4-year terms.
AB409,4 22Section 4. 165.855 of the statutes is created to read:
AB409,3,2 23165.855 Review of deaths involving officers. (1) Each law enforcement
24agency shall have a written policy regarding the handling of deaths involving a law

1enforcement officer employed by the agency. Each policy is subject to the review and
2approval of the law enforcement standards board.
AB409,3,6 3(2) (a) Each policy under sub. (1) must require a team of investigators
4consisting of at least 3 individuals, including individuals from at least 2 different
5agencies that do not employ a law enforcement officer involved in the death being
6investigated.
AB409,3,117 (b) If the death being investigated is traffic related, the policy under sub. (1)
8must require the investigative team to use a crash reconstruction unit from an
9agency that does not employ a law enforcement officer involved in the death being
10investigated. The policy shall give preference to using a unit from the state traffic
11patrol.
AB409,3,1412 (c) Each policy under sub. (1) may allow an internal investigation into the death
13if the internal investigation does not interfere with the duties under this section of
14the team of investigators under par. (a).
AB409,3,1915 (d) Each policy under sub. (1) must require any officer involved in the death to
16submit a blood sample. No person may perform any analysis or test on the blood
17sample without either the permission of the officer who submitted the sample or a
18search warrant. At the conclusion of the investigation of the death, the sample may
19be destroyed if a court approves.
AB409,3,21 20(3) Compensation for participation on a team under sub. (2) (a) shall be
21determined in a manner consistent with mutual aid agreements under s. 175.46.
AB409,3,25 22(4) (a) A team created under sub. (2) (a) shall consult and report to the district
23attorney of the county in which the death occurred. Except as provided in this
24subsection, the team shall keep confidential any material and information related
25to the death and the investigation.
AB409,4,2
1(b) When the report under par. (a) is complete the district attorney shall release
2the report to the board for the review of officer-involved deaths.
AB409,4,63 (c) A team created under sub. (2) (a) shall respond to requests under sub. (5)
4from the board for the review of officer-involved deaths unless the district attorney
5restricts the team from a response due to a court order or because a response could
6jeopardize the prosecution or investigation of an open case.
AB409,4,11 7(5) (a) When the board for the review of officer-involved deaths receives a
8report under sub. (4) (b), it shall review the report and evidence to determine if it
9addresses all aspects of the death. The board for the review of officer-involved
10deaths may request more information, clarification, or testimony from the
11investigative team that prepared the report.
AB409,4,1512 (b) When the board for the review of officer-involved deaths finishes its review
13of the report, it may make recommendations to the district attorney of the county in
14which the death occurred and forward the report to any person responsible for
15disciplining an officer involved.
AB409,4,1816 (c) Meetings of the board for the review of officer-involved deaths are open to
17the public but public comment is closed unless the majority of the board votes to allow
18public comment.
AB409,4,22 19(6) When the board for the review of officer-involved deaths completes its
20review of a report under sub. (5), the attorney general shall release the report and
21any accompanying written files unless the information must be kept confidential by
22statute.
AB409,5 23Section 5. Nonstatutory provisions.
AB409,5,3
1(1) Notwithstanding the length of terms of the members of the board for the
2review of officer-involved deaths specified in section 15.255 (1m) of the statutes, as
3created by this act, the initial members shall be appointed for the following terms:
AB409,5,54 (a) Two members, as determined by the attorney general, for a term that
5expires on the May 1 occurring at least 2 years after the initial appointment.
AB409,5,76 (b) Two members, as determined by the attorney general, for a term that
7expires on the May 1 occurring at least 3 years after the initial appointment.
AB409,5,88 (End)
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