Dec 4, 2014 10:25 PM

NH1 Investigates: Officer-Involved shootings in the Granite State on Rise

CONCORD - Hot protests have gripped the nation following strong accusations of excessive police force in two high-profile cases.

An NH1 investigation found since December of 2012 New Hampshire has seen 11 officer- involved shootings.

"In New Hampshire the case just doesn't end up on our desk," said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin. "We are actually out there with the police actively investigating these cases."

In all eleven cases, none of the officers faced charges. Strelzin told NH1 it is because New Hampshire law allows private citizens and police alike to defend themselves when it becomes a question of life or death.

"Sometimes the suspects are armed with the weapons that most people would consider common, like knives or guns, and sometimes the suspect is driving a motor vehicle at a police officer," said Strelzin, describing the circumstances often surrounding the officer-involved shootings.

According to Strelzin, over the past several years officer-involved shootings in New Hampshire have increased.

"When you look what you see is a common theme, which is that many of the people involved with these officers who are threatening these officers are people with significant mental health issues."

As a result, Strelzin told NH1 some law enforcement agencies in the state require training on how to handle people suffering from mental healt


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