Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, Phoenix

Arizona governor vetoes bill aimed at shielding police names

Ducey smiles after voting in Paradise Valley, PhoenixBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (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. Ducey, the son of a policeman, said the law would be too limiting for police chiefs, adding that state public records law was sufficient.

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