Kinder wants legislative panel on police shooting

Aug 22, 2014

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Missouri's lieutenant governor wants lawmakers to look into events related to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder on Thursday called for the creation of a bipartisan panel of House and Senate members to review the state's law allowing the use of deadly force by police officers.

Kinder also wants the panel to investigate what he describes as a "failure in communication" by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies investigating the August 9th shooting and response to the protests.

He says lawmakers should review the state's open-records law for police investigations, to ensure the public has access to information.

Kinder also wants the panel to look at education reforms for the area.