State House bill would protect police officers

Written by Craig Rhodes and Radio Pennsylvania | Sep 13, 2015 9:35 AM

(Harrisburg) -- One of the newest members of the state House of Representatives is introducing legislation she says is meant to protect police officers. 

The bill would allow any officer in Pennsylvania involved in a shooting to remain anonymous until the completion of an investigation. Representative Martina White, who was elected to the House this past March, says this would guard against possible harm to the officer and his or her family.

"At the risk of revenge seeking criminals to come after not only their own life, but the lives of their family members and that's what we are trying to do is to protect the lives of the officers as well as the family members," she said.

The bill stands in contrast to a plan by  Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to release a city police officer's identity within 72 hours of a shooting. Ramsey says public backlash usually occurs the longer the cop's name is withheld. 



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