Sacto 9-1-1
June 28, 2013
Sacramento DA's office to resume police shooting reviews

The Sacramento District Attorney's Office will resume conducting legal reviews of all police shootings in the county, a top official in the prosecutor's office said Friday.

"We are not going to conduct the level of investigation with our own investigators that we did in the past, but we will be doing a legal analysis and review based on the investigation by other police agencies," Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher said.

The decision District Attorney Jan Scully's office came on the same day the county Grand Jury recommended that the Board of Supervisors appropriate the money to fund "the comprehensive, objective review and analysis of officer-involved shootings," either by the DA or the sheriff's Office of the Inspector General.

Citing budget concerns, the DA's office two years ago stopped conducting its examinations of the police shootings.

The Grand Jury made its recommendation in reponse to the investigation it conducted into a rash of sheriff shootings last year. The panel didn't find a connection between the lack of review and the increased number of shootings. It did say, however, that the DA's shutdown of its review process "has negatively affected the perception of law enforcement accountability in the county and public confidence in the review process."

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