Lafayette

Aug 29, 2014 12:53 PM by AP

Lafayette to self-investigate police shootings

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Police Department no longer seeks outside reviews for officer-involved shootings.

Police confirmed to The Advertiser this week that at the end of 2013, the department created its own "Shoot Team" - a unit to investigate shootings by its officers.

Cpl. Paul Mouton said the unit is composed of five to six "senior officers" who have been appropriately trained.

State police often handle external investigations for reviewing such issues within other law enforcement agencies. But a state police spokesman, Master Trooper Brooks David, said there's no law that requires police departments to seek such outside investigations.

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