Legislator seeks automatic review of officer shootings

Legislator seeks automatic review of officer shootings
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By Kim Chandler

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama lawmaker said she wants the state to require an independent review when a police officer shoots someone to ensure the incidents get an impartial look and that the state collects numbers on just how often the shootings occur.

Rep. Merika Coleman-Evans said she plans to introduce legislation to require the Alabama attorney general's office to look at the incidents.

The Pleasant Grove Democrat says that would ensure the incidents are reviewed by an independent prosecutor.

The proposal is part of a wave of legislation being introduced across the country in the wake of protests over police killings in Missouri and New York. Currently, many Alabama police departments and sheriffs' departments ask the state police to review officer shootings, but they are not required to do so.

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