Prosecutors issue guidelines on police shooting probes

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The group that represents Pennsylvania prosecutors is setting guidelines about how to investigate shootings by police officers.

Among the recommendations issued Tuesday by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association was that departments shouldn’t investigate their own and that the shooters’ names shouldn’t be released unless they are charged.

The guidelines call for the district attorneys themselves to direct the investigation and use county detectives or a neighboring police department to carry it out.

The recommendations apply whenever an officer shoots at someone, whether the target is hit or not.

The document describes how the shooting scene should be secured, firearms should not be moved and evidence should be collected and kept secure.

If there’s a dead body, it should be shielded from public view before being taken away.

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