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A closer look at fatal police shootings in southwest Washington and the call for a federal probe

Two people face each other in a nighttime protest scene. One is holding an American flag.
Marcio Jose Sanchez
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The Associated Press file
Demonstrators argue opposing views in the aftermath of the death of Kevin Peterson Jr., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Vancouver, Wash. Peterson Jr., a 21-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by law enforcement in Clark County on Oct. 29, 2020.

The spotlight is once again on police agencies in southwest Washington. A Clark County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot and killed an off-duty Vancouver police officer at his home in the city of Battle Ground on Saturday. It's one of many fatal police shootings in the region recently.

Oregon Public Broadcasting's Troy Brynelson talked with KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about the latest shooting and the call for federal intervention.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting Morning Edition on KNKX/KPLU since 2006. She has worked in news radio for more than 30 years. Kirsten is also a sports lover. She handles most sports coverage at the station, including helping produce a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Title IX and the ongoing series "Going Deep."
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