Experts: Disclose Details Of Police “Friendly Fire” Death


Charleston, W.Va., police officer Jerry Jones was killed in a “friendly fire” episode last month in which a man being pursued was shot to death. Experts say authorities should provide a detailed account, reports the Charleston Daily Mail. Said Michael Gennaco of Los Angeles County’s Office of Independent Review: “One, whether there was wrongdoing or not, people ought to know what happened. Second, every officer-involved shooting should be used as a teaching moment.”

The Los Angeles agency is a civilian oversight board for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the largest sheriff’s department and the seventh-largest law enforcement agency in the country. Protecting the name of an officer who accidentally shot someone is not reason enough to withhold details of the investigation from the public, said Prof. Jon Shane of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, who spent 20 years as a police officer in Newark, N.J.

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