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Pennsylvania House Approves Bill to Protect Names of Cops Who Kill. Fearing transparency would place officers’ lives at risk, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to release the names of officers under investigation for shooting or abusing citizens in the line of duty. The only exception would be if the officer ends up charged with a crime. But considering how rare that happens, even when the names of officers are released, we should expect a decrease in police accountability in the Keystone State. After all, this is the state that acquitted a cop this month for second-degree murder, even though her own body cam footage showed her tasering and shooting an unarmed man in the back as he lay face down in the snow. Nevertheless, there was very little opposition to the bill in the republican-controlled House, which passed it 162-38. Now it will go before the republican-controlled Senate who will likely pass it into law.