Bill shielding officer names after shootings heads to Ducey

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -  A bill allowing police to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months after the incident is on the way to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk.


The Senate approved Senate Bill 1445 by Republican Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa on a 20-8 vote Tuesday. The House cut the initial waiting time from 90 days, requiring the second Senate vote.


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


Democrats who opposed the bill say the added secrecy will increase suspicion of police. 


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


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