Gina Barton
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25, 2014

An all-too-common sight in America, especially when it comes to unnecessary police shootings. Credit: Marcin Wichary via Flickr
An all-too-common sight in America, especially when it comes to unnecessary police shootings. Credit: Marcin Wichary via Flickr

For nearly 10 years, Michael Bell has waged a campaign for greater accountability when police use lethal force.

He has spent more than $1 million on billboards, newspaper advertisements and a website, all of them asking some variation of this question: When police kill, should they judge themselves?

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday answered with a resounding “no,” signing into law a bill that requires outside investigation when people die in police custody — the first of its kind in the nation. Bell, along with more than two dozen family members and supporters, attended the private signing ceremony in the governor’s office.

Bell carried a picture of his namesake son, who was 21 when Kenosha police fatally shot him in front of his mother, Kim, and sister, Shantae, in 2004.

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