May 26, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel "Feds review fatal shooting by trooper"

Paul Shockley:
"Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Friday he has sent records of Mesa County’s probe into the 2010 shooting death of Jason Kemp to the U.S. Department of Justice for a possible criminal civil rights investigation.

“I don’t think it’s proper of me to advocate or push for a particular decision by the U.S. attorney,” Hautzinger said, when asked about the chances of federal prosecutors or the FBI agreeing to take up the case.

“I’ve referred to them what I have. What they do with it is entirely up to them,” he said.

Hautzinger said he sent to federal prosecutors transcripts covering a Mesa County grand jury’s 2010 investigation into Kemp’s shooting on July 20, 2010, which followed a confrontation at the front door of Kemp’s home at 103 Glade Park Road, Unit B, with a pair of Colorado State Patrol troopers.

“I contacted the U.S. attorney at the request of (Kemp’s) family earlier this week, after I told the family I’d decided to dismiss,” Hautzinger said, referring to his decision Friday to drop criminal charges against Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Kirk Firko.

Hautzinger said the grand jury transcripts were sent at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver, confirmed contact with Hautzinger’s office on Kemp’s case and the receipt of documents “for our review.”

Dorschner declined to characterize the purpose or scope of the review and declined further comment on the matter....."  (Read more?  Click title)

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