Arizona House passes bill shielding police officers' names


The House has passed a bill to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret after shortening the time from three to two months.

Senate Bill 1445 by Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa passed on a 44-13 vote Wednesday. The amended bill now returns to the Senate.

The Senate already passed the bill but needs to approve the changes.

The bill requires police departments to get an officer's permission to release the name sooner unless he or she is arrested. Smith says his bill protects officers who may face retribution after a shooting.

The bill was prompted by police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York that brought scrutiny to the officers involved.

The House amendment requires released disciplinary records to have the name shielded during the 60-day period.

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