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Ducey must act on bill shielding officer ID after shootings

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey presents his first State of the State speech to a joint session of the Arizona Legislature on Jan. 12. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey presents his first State of the State speech to a joint session of the Arizona Legislature on Jan. 12. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline today to sign or veto a bill requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months.

Ducey must act today on the bill approved by the Legislature. He’s facing pressure to veto Senate Bill 1445 from police chiefs who say the proposal would serve only to hamper their ability to manage complex police-community relations. Civil rights groups and media organizations also oppose the measure.

Police unions support the bill, saying it will give time for investigations into complex incidents to play out. They call it a common-sense measure that will ensure officer safety.

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