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NYPD Cops Call Training After Eric Garner's Death 'Waste of Time': NY Post

By    |   Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 10:36 PM

Most New York Police officers given new training after the Eric Garner death last year say it was a "waste of time," reports the New York Post, citing an unnamed, high-ranking NYPD official.

About 80 percent of those who took the three-day Police Academy program said it was useless, the Post reported, and some said it was so boring that many dozed off.

The program costs taxpayers $35 million, and has gotten largely negative reviews from those who have taken it. NYPD brass have reviewed some 2,000 surveys submitted by the 4,000 police who have taken the course, according to the source.

Sixteen thousand more officer are set to take the training that was ordered after the 43-year-old Garner died after being taken down forcibly during an arrest last summer.

Protests ensued after a Staten Island grand jury in early December declined to indict the officer accused of using a chokehold to take Garner to the ground. That decision came just days after a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting death of Michael Brown.

Both of the men were black, sparking concerns over the treatment of minorities by the police.

But New York police have mocked some of the training techniques that were suggested.

They were told to take a breath mint when they felt tempted to curse, the Post reported. They also were advised to spray locked-arm protesters with baby oil to make their arms more slippery.

Those ideas got Deputy Commissioner of Training Michael Julian transferred out just two months after his appointment in November.

The three-day training ended up consisting of long lectures rather than hand-on training the officers had hoped for, the Post's source said.

"It's three days, it’s boring and there’s no real tactics," he said. "They're not putting them in scenarios. Cops felt they would get more tactical training in light of the Eric Garner case."

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