An Act To Establish an Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-J, sub-§18 is enacted to read:
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Sec. 2. 14 MRSA §8102, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2003, c. 489, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 25 MRSA c. 411 is enacted to read:
INDEPENDENT BOARD TO REVIEW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER-INVOLVED DEATHS
§ 3851. Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths
Sec. 4. Staggered terms. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 25, section 3851, subsection 4, of the initial appointees of the Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths, 2 are appointed for one-year terms, 2 are appointed for 2-year terms and 3 are appointed for 3-year terms, according to a random lot drawing by the Attorney General.
This bill establishes the Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths to review investigations by law enforcement agencies concerning deaths involving law enforcement officers and to issue recommendations to the prosecuting attorneys or Attorney General. The board consists of 7 members appointed to 3-year terms, and members of the board are conferred immunity in performing their duties on the board, except when the plaintiff is the State. The bill requires the board to issue a public report of its findings and conclusions for every officer-involved death in the State.