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Authority of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Investigate Police Killings


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not presently authorized to investigate killings of non-federal law enforcement officers which involve only violations of state law, even in response to a presidential directive.

Updated July 9, 2014