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Law enforcement trains for officer-involved shooting

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Law enforcement from across the Mid-South came together Tuesday in Tunica, Mississippi, for a training focused specifically on officer-involved shootings.

The training at the Hollywood Casino focused on the moments leading up to these shootings and the personal and community impact that happens next.

“What we have to do is show law enforcement that they have support,” said Tim Rutledge, the director of training for the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy.

Rutledge said the course aims to give officers information about the physical, emotional and social impact of lethal force.

“How to investigate shootings, how to get the best truth, the best information for the grand juries and we how to talk to the media. We're just changing the way we do things,” Rutledge said.

Officers reviewed videos of recent officer-involved shootings and discussed constitutional and civil rights.

“Law enforcement officers should know their community, but in today's training, we're talking about officer involved shootings specifically, and bullets have no color or cultural background,” Rutledge said.

More than 170 attended the training and they were made up of Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers, Memphis police officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies.

“We've had an excellent turnout. We've done this three times in the state of Mississippi and this is our largest turnout so far,” said Paula Broome, a special assistant for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

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