U.S. Attorney For Idaho Doing Public Meet And Greets

Aug 9, 2016

Credit Adam Cotterell

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson and U.S. Marshal for Idaho Brian Underwood will meet with the public Tuesday and Wednesday at the Boise Public Library. For Olson, the meetings come after some recent decisions that have made some people in Idaho quite angry.

Olson decided not to pursue federal charges against the two Adams County deputies who shot and killed rancher Jack Yantis last fall. She also came out publicly in support of Twin Falls officials who are handling an alleged sexual assault of a girl by three children of African and Middle Eastern descent. Anti-refugee and anti-immigrant activists have accused government agencies of a cover up.

Olson says there may be people who come to this week’s public meet-ups to give her a piece of their minds.

“I would welcome anyone who doesn’t like the decision or does like it to come in and visit about it and hope we can reach a better understanding,” she says. “And if there are things that I can do better I hope people will come in with that spirit. And if people when they leave can understand why we’ve made the decisions we’ve made then I think that we’ll all be better off.”

Olson says it’s important to give people access to their federal law-enforcement leaders. She says she’s willing to talk about anything, but she hopes people will want to hear about collaborations between the U.S. Attorney’s office, the U.S. Marshal’s office, local law enforcement and community groups.

The public meet-up with Idaho’s U.S. Attorney and Marshal is at Boise’s main library downtown from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday and 4:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday. 

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