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New bill requires outside police to look into officer use of force

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Posted at 7:11 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-20 10:38:31-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill unveiled in the Utah State Legislature would change how police agencies investigate use of force by an officer.

Rep. Marc Roberts, R-Santaquin, released House Bill 361 late Thursday. It would require police agencies to work with prosecutors to have an outside agency investigate an officer’s use of force.

From the bill:

use of force

The bill would require agencies to have protocols in place by Dec. 31 if the bill were to pass the legislature.

HB361 comes as police agencies have come under scrutiny for use of force in Utah and across the nation.