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Tue Mar 31, 2015, 06:03 AM

Arizona governor vetoes bill aimed at shielding police names

Source: Reuters

US | Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:25am EDT

Arizona governor vetoes bill aimed at shielding police names

PHOENIX | BY DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Reuters) - Arizona's governor on Monday vetoed legislation that would have kept secret for 60 days the identities of police officers involved in deadly shootings, a move that was both welcomed and heavily criticized by separate state police union leaders.

Republican Governor Doug Ducey said the bill passed by state lawmakers last week was well-intentioned but fell short of protecting officers and their families.

Supporters of the bill had sought to shield officers from potential death threats and harassment in the wake of several recent fatal police shootings in Arizona and killings like those in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked nationwide protests.

"Unfortunately, I don't believe this bill in its current form best achieves the objectives we share, and I worry it could result in unforeseen problems," Ducey said in his veto letter.

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Civil rights groups also argued that the measure could hamper relations with communities and interferes with the public's right to know.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/31/us-usa-arizona-police-idUSKBN0MR0BH20150331

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