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Idaho’s U.S. attorney addresses Yantis shooting

Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson hosts public forum to discuss law enforcement

U.S. Attorney for the district of Idaho Wendy Olson sat down with U.S. Marshal Brian Underwood and the public to discuss law enforcement's relationship with the community.
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U.S. Attorney for the district of Idaho Wendy Olson sat down with U.S. Marshal Brian Underwood and the public to discuss law enforcement's relationship with the community.

The Idaho U.S. attorney and marshal hosted a forum at the Boise Library Tuesday afternoon to discuss law enforcement and its role in the community.

Most at the forum asked questions about two controversial Idaho cases: Adams County deputies shooting and killing rancher Jack Yantis; and a Twin Falls sexual assault case that was misrepresented by some media outlets as involving Syrian refugees.

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson addressed a question in the forum about the Adams County deputies’ failure to turn on their body cameras, and the subsequent investigation, that some perceived as biased.

“I think it's a difficult question because you've touched on a lot of the things that really trouble me personally and trouble me as someone who worked on cases, investigated cases where law enforcement officers were — by and large — the subjects of the investigation,” Olson said. “Far and away the vast majority of officers are out there to do good and to serve the public and to keep our community safe.”

Olson said that she wants law enforcement agencies to work to make sure officers keep their cameras on and to develop policies that ensure officers use their cameras for transparency and for training purposes.

Olson and U.S. Marshall Brian Underwood will hold another public forum from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Boise Library. Tuesday’s session drew about 16 people.

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