Three Wisconsin state senators – two Republicans and a Democrat – have introduced a bipartisan package of police reform bills. The legislation backed by Republican senators Van Wanggaard and Alberta Darling, and Democratic senator Lena Taylor, would establish an independent board to review use-of-force situations. The package of seven bills proposes banning the use of chokeholds, establishing Community Oriented Policing grant programs, establishing protections for whistleblowers, and introducing reforms to fire and police commissions in Milwaukee and Madison. Taylor says the legislation isn’t perfect but is a good start. The independent board would include attorneys, police union members, academy training instructors, and a mental health advocate. The Wisconsin Professional Police Association supports the reforms.

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