Attorney: Independent review of Heenan shooting complete
Memo issued in response to letters
An independent review of a police shooting resulting in the death of Paul Heenan is complete, according to the Madison city attorney.
Michael P. May’s memo to Mayor Paul Soglin is in response to public inquiries asking for an independent review of the circumstances around Officer Steve Heimsness’ shooting of Heenan on Nov. 9.
“There has been, at some level, independent review by three independent entities looking at the incident,” he wrote.
Heenan was shot three times as Heimsness responded to what was reported to be a home burglary in the 500 block of Baldwin Street.
The Dane County District Attorney and a Madison Police Department investigation both cleared Heimsness of wrongdoing in the case.
May’s memo states that the police chief could be asked to establish a policy determining when and how an independent review would be requested.
“If the City wishes to look beyond these existing resources, the city could set up an office or panel for such investigation and review, but that office or panel could only investigate, report, and make recommendations to be considered by others. Almost anything beyond this would require a change in state law,” he wrote.
He stated that it’s not clear in the letters from the public if the authors are looking for a review of potential criminal charges against Heimsness or a review of potential misconduct charges from the police department.
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