While the Idaho State Police, FBI, and Idaho Attorney General claim they will conduct an impartial investigation into the events leading to the shooting death of Jack Yantis, Sheriff Ryan Zollman is awaiting approval from his insurer of all things before returning two deputies (currently on paid leave) to duty. See IDAHO STATESMAN.
Deputies Bryan Wood and Cody Roland were involved in the fatal shooting of Yantis Nov. 1. ISP is the lead investigative agency. They say there is no timeline for the investigation and the Attorney General has had no results to consider with regard to any potential prosecution at this point.
All this begs the question, “If investigators have not cleared the deputies of wrongdoing and the AG hasn’t even seen any reports, how in the name of common sense can the sheriff return the coppers to duty?” In the event either deputy is charged with any wrongdoing, all arrests made after the Yantis incident will be tossed out of court.
Without question the local sheriff in an Idaho County is the “top cop.” However, the ISP has “concurrent jurisdiction” in all counties of the state to enforce state laws. If that is indeed the case, it would seem prudent for all concerned to assign a trooper or two to patrol Adams County until the Yantis case has been resolved.
To put it in perspective, a school district would never return a teacher accused of sexual misconduct to a classroom pending the outcome of a police investigation.
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