Law enforcement backs NC attorney general on SBI

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Submitted: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 5:11pm
Updated: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 5:12pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper is opposing a state Senate budget provision that moves much of an investigative unit from his department to one headed by an appointee of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

Cooper spoke against the idea Monday alongside police chiefs and prosecutors who also oppose moving the State Bureau of Investigation to the Department of Public Safety.

The SBI assists local law enforcement and pursues public corruption investigations. It is currently under the Attorney General’s Department of Justice. State sheriff and police chief associations oppose the change.

Cooper argued the move could inject politics into corruption investigations by jeopardizing the agency’s independence. The Republican-led Senate says the change makes organizational sense because most law enforcement functions are under the Department of Public Safety.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    this thought came from the Perdue Administration. Her cronies proposed putting all investigators, including SBI and Department of Insurance within the Department of Public Safety.

    ON another note, why not consolidate all of the various Department Attorneys back into the Attorney General’s Office. Why, for instance, does the Education Lottery Commission require 2 staff attorneys?

  • jj says:

    I can answer this….

    “Why, for instance, does the Education Lottery Commission require 2 staff attorneys?”

    To make sure they can find loop holes, so they can use the money for other things.

  • Guest123123 says:

    I worked for the old dept of crime control and public and they talked for many years about switching our agency to the SBI. They were against that also!!

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