FBI to investigate ‘needless’ fatal police shooting of white Idaho rancher
There have been many fatal encounters between African American citizens and law enforcement that have grabbed headlines — and sparked riots — in the past 18 months. Names like Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray aren’t just a part of a national conversation about police violence. They’re part of history.
Jack Yantis, an Idaho rancher killed by two sheriff’s deputies under unclear circumstances on Nov. 1, is not. Or, at least, not yet. On Thursday, the FBI announced that it is investigating Yantis’s shooting.
“ISP [Idaho State Police] will be thorough, the FBI will be thorough,” U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson said, as the Idaho Statesman reported. “The attorney general’s office will carefully review the evidence, we’ll carefully review the evidence, and decisions will be made. … That does take a period of time to do and get right.”
Yantis did not look much like Brown and other young black men felled by police. He was white. He was 62. He lived in Council — population 805.