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Good step by AG: Being transparent is best policy

June 17. 2017 6:44PM

A pickup truck with a flat tire was taped off in the parking lot of the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet on Interstate 95 southbound in Hampton Tuesday afternoon after a police-involved shooting. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

Credit new New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald for getting information to the public quickly in the wake of last week's Seacoast liquor store shooting.

MacDonald's office had a press release out within the hour of the officer-involved shooting; and he provided further details to the press and public early that evening. They included the name of the man who had been shot and killed, and some of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Further, MacDonald noted that two New Hampshire State Police officers had been taken off duty pending a full investigation. That, he noted, follows protocol. The identities of the two officers, he said, would be released after they had been interviewed.

We urge him to rethink that part of his policy. He should look at the case of the two Capitol Police officers who shot and killed the would-be baseball assassin one morning last week. The pair were immediately identified. The more facts out there for the public, the better.

The AG's office was also transparent about a second officer-involved shooting late Thursday night in Newton.

MacDonald has said he wants his office to be transparent with the public it serves. He got off to a bumpy start with several days passing before any details were released of an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton in May.

He seems to be on the right road now. Good for him. Good for law enforcement, and good for the public they are supposed to serve.

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