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Alton Sterling shooting prompts new look at police training

3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago Thursday, April 27 2017 Apr 27, 2017 April 27, 2017 3:19 PM April 27, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Nearly a year after Baton Rouge police fatally shot a black man outside a convenience store, Louisiana lawmakers are considering an increase in training requirements for officers.

The passage of Rep. Ted James' bill by a House judiciary committee Thursday came after the Baton Rouge Democrat agreed to stop pushing a separate proposal that would have officers under investigation go unpaid after 60 days.

The full House will consider the training measure, which calls for officers to receive a minimum of 400 hours of basic training and learn more about de-escalation practices.

James says the proposals were prompted by the July 5 death of Alton Sterling, who was killed during a struggle with two white officers. The officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation

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