What do you think of this Idaho town's new OIS protocol?

The point of the exercise was to assure the public that officers were conducting a thorough and fair investigation


By Sven Berg
Idaho Falls Post Register

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Minutes after Idaho Falls police officers shot and killed Nicholas Barker, Capt. Ken Brown invoked a 16-page document that, for the next two weeks, would govern the work of detectives from all over eastern Idaho.

It was the first time the year-old document, "Eastern Idaho Critical Incident Protocol," had been used. Signed by dozens of sheriffs, chiefs of police and other public figures from around the region, it established a method for investigating officer-involved incidents such as the one that led to Barker's death.

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