New Legislation Addresses Police-Involved Shootings

A package of legislation to be introduced in the state House and Senate is in response to recent police involved shootings in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The bills include a number of provisions, such as establishing specialized units to respond to officer-involved shootings and developing a statewide database to include any disciplinary actions or similar past complaints lodged against an officer. Senator Jay Costa says the bills would also give all parties involved the chance to have input. The legislation would also require the state Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor whenever there is deadly force involving a police officer.