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Bill requiring police to contact family of a deceased member set for vote in Connecticut Legislature

Bridgeport Police Department
Bridgeport Police Department

Connecticut legislators have advanced a bill that would require police to contact the family of a person who has died within 24 hours.

The state Public Safety and Security Committee voted 13-10 on the bill. It was created following two separate, high-profile cases in Bridgeport last year in which police did not quickly notify the families of 23-year-old Lauren Smith-Field and 53-year-old Brenda Lee Rawls, both of whom are Black.

The bill also allows the state inspector general to conduct investigations if police do not make a documented effort to notify families in a timely fashion.

Several Republican officials voted against the measure over the inspector general’s role.

It now goes to the House for a vote before the current legislative session wraps up on May 4.

Mike Lyle is a former reporter and host at WSHU.