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Adams County Sheriff Deputies Not Charged in Jack Yantis Shooting Death, Pro Law Enforcement Rally Postponed



Organizers of a "Support Your Local Police" rally slated for Saturday morning at the Idaho Statehouse say it will be indefinitely postponed out of respect for the family of slain rancher Jack Yantis, who was shot and killed by two Adams County Sheriff's deputies in November 2015.

The decision to cancel the rally came less than a day after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced they will not be pursuing any criminal charges against deputies.

Wasden said his office had reviewed more than 5,000 pages of reports, lab results and witness statements before deciding not to pursue prosecution, and Olson said there was no audio or video evidence to support filing charges. On Friday, prosecutors said both deputies were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, but the memory in one of the deputy's cameras was full, and the other deputy had not turned his camera on.

“It is not enough to show that the officer made a mistake, acted negligently, acted by accident or even exercised bad judgment,” said Olson.

An attorney for the Yantis family told KTVB-TV that the family would now "focus its efforts on its pending civil case against the Adams County Sheriff's Office."