Law Enforcement Backs State Attorney General On SBI Control

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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