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Arfee shooting investigation moving slowly

For the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the dog days of summer have been less about the weather than the heat over its closely watched investigation of a police officer’s fatal shooting of Arfee, the black Labrador left inside his owner’s parked van.

The controversial shooting five weeks ago has overshadowed every other story in the Lake City this summer. Police and city leaders have been bombarded with questions, condemnation and profane rants from near and far. The name of the officer has not been revealed over concern for his safety.

The city’s use-of-force investigation has been slowed by a delay in gaining access to the van, an uncooperative eyewitness and city employee vacation schedules. In addition, the officer did not turn on his body camera before approaching the van, leaving investigators with no video of the shooting. Full story. Scott Maben, SR

In today's CdA Press story the department's policy on body cams is highlighted. Since the public records have not been released we still don't know why the officer didn't turn his camera on.


CdA/Post Falls cops have got your number

In the aftermath of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) releasing a lengthy research project about U.S. law enforcement agencies’ use of domestic surveillance technology, new details have emerged about police departments in Idaho and their utilization of license plate scanners.

“The program allows for us to track stolen vehicles, locate fugitives, aid in Amber Alerts, runaway juveniles, missing persons, etc.,” said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokesperson for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

In an email exchange, Wood acknowledged what had been told to last week by a spokesperson of the Idaho State Police (ISP): The Coeur d’Alene Police Department uses technology that scans and records the images of vehicles’ license plates, making a record of the time, date and location that the image was recorded. Full story. Idaho Reporter

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