MADISON — Wisconsin's
Department of Justice is creating a new bureau to handle
officer-involved deaths and other sensitive investigations.
Attorney General Brad Schimel
announced the new Bureau of Special Investigations Thursday.
In a statement, he said the new bureau will play an
important role in maintaining the transparency and
thoroughness in officer-involved deaths the public deserves.
Eastern Region Director Tina
Virgil will lead the new bureau, which will be housed in the
Division of Criminal Investigations. According to DOJ
spokesman Johnny Koremenos, the division has had 19 requests
to look into officer-involved deaths since a 2014 law
requiring police departments to have outside agencies
conduct such investigations.