PA lawmaker proposes bill that would would grant anonymity to cops involved in shooting

PA lawmaker proposes bill that would would grant anonymity to cops involved in shooting

Page through your newspaper, touch your smartphone or turn on your television, and there they are again: stories of angry, distraught police officers mourning one of their own who was shot and killed while in uniform. Or stories of angry, distraught citizens protesting — and in some cases rioting — when someone is killed or injured while being pursued by police or in custody.

Now, a Pennsylvania state representative has a bill she hopes will quell the raw emotion that can lead to violence or vigilante justice after a police-involved shooting or other serious incident.

But the American Civil Liberties Union and the head of the state’s largest municipal police force say the bill proposed by Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, might do more harm than good.

White’s bill, which already has 42 co-sponsors, would grant anonymity to police officers involved in the “discharge of a firearm or the use of force” unless the officer is charged with a crime. If no charge is filed, the officer’s identity would be kept secret to protect the “officer or their immediate family.”

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