Senate Bill in Arizona Would Maintain Anonymity for Police after Shootings

 

An increase in scrutiny has occurred after a large number of police shootings have gained attention throughout the United States. Now, Arizona legislators want to pass a bill to maintain the secrecy of officers who kill citizens. Their names would be obscured for 60 days.

Some are attacking the bill as a block of transparency in an era when the trust for government is at an all-time low.

Critics call Senate Bill 1445 an attack on government transparency at a time when American police departments are trying to earn the public’s trust after a series of controversial shootings.

If the officer is killed, relatives are allowed to release his or her information. In addition, the officer’s full record could be released to provide information on their previous behavior.

Passing the Arizona House with a 44-13 count of votes, it will return the to the senate for more voting.

According to the article that Ray Lane said was from Wikipedia, The ACLU has spoken out against the bill and called it “backwards.” They claim that abuses will be more common as a result.

When the former chief of police Daniel Garcia wanted the name of an officer to remain public, he faced backlash. A man in Phoenix, who happened to be black, was shot and killed by the officer and it caused protesters to show up at his home.

While these events are usually non-violent, recent injuries and threats have risen in recent months around the country.

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