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Here’s How Not to Do This

A training effort for police in Columbus, Ohio, didn’t go off very well. Thirty-five police recruits and their instructors were on the way to a stadium for riot control training when one of the instructors sped up to close the gap behind the car in front of him. Just then, the front car slowed down for traffic, and the instructor hit it, and pushed it into a third car in front of it. All three police cruisers were damaged. “Sometimes in a convoy, there’s like an accordion effect,” offered Deputy Chief Tim Becker. Once all that was cleaned up, the training began — and tear gas from the training drifted to a nearby elementary school; six children were treated for eye and throat irritation, and a teacher was taken to the hospital for a checkup since she’s both pregnant and asthmatic. (RC/Columbus Dispatch) ...OK, it was a training. The question remains, did they learn anything?
Original Publication Date: 07 December 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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