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Clark County prosecutor says body cams mean his office can handle police shooting investigations; critics disagree

Golik says outside investigations can languish; the Kfin Karuo shooting has been in the hands of an outside panel for almost three years

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: June 22, 2024, 6:14am
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Joshua James Wilson, 43, is captured on surveillance video pointing a gun at Vancouver police Officer Brandon Riedel during a chase May 30, 2023, through a central Vancouver shopping center parking lot. Riedel and three other officers subsequently shot Wilson, killing him. The video notes that Wilson&rsquo;s finger appears to be on the trigger. The Clark County Prosecutor&rsquo;s Office found the shooting to be legally justified.
Joshua James Wilson, 43, is captured on surveillance video pointing a gun at Vancouver police Officer Brandon Riedel during a chase May 30, 2023, through a central Vancouver shopping center parking lot. Riedel and three other officers subsequently shot Wilson, killing him. The video notes that Wilson’s finger appears to be on the trigger. The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office found the shooting to be legally justified. (Lower Columbia Major Crimes Team) Photo Gallery

Six months into 2024, Clark County has seen four fatal shootings by police, with two just this month. Now that officers’ body cameras capture the incidents, the Clark County prosecutor has decided his office can handle reviews of the shootings’ legality.

Unless his office identifies a conflict of interest, Prosecutor Tony Golik said he no longer plans to seek an outside prosecutor to do the reviews.

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