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In Montana, law enforcement officers have shot and killed at least 39 people since January 2012, according to a Gazette review of public records and past news reports.
Designed to hold cops accountable in shootings, coroner's inquests aren't always objective, critics say
Along with a handful of states that still hold coroners’ inquests, Montana’s legal system for reviewing deaths caused by law enforcement is seen by advocates as a more transparent alternative to the secret grand juries and other proceedings held elsewhere in the country.
Gov. Steve Bullock, reacting to a series of stories this week by The Montana Standard, said the state will bring in an independent expert to audit operations at the Montana State Hospital's Spratt Unit.
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A new Butte police officer and a new Butte firefighter were sworn in by Judge Robert Whelan on Wednesday afternoon.
With recent indications that bugs and fish are exposed to 39,700 parts per billion of copper plus lead, arsenic, cadmium, and zinc beyond federal benchmarks in the “last second mile” of Silver Bow Creek, some say it deserves more attention.