Tragedy in training: The final hours of a recruit's life

The recruit said he had a headache but wasn't sure if he wanted to tell instructors

By Patrick Wilson
The Virginian-Pilot Edition

NORFOLK, Va. — The week of Dec. 6 was set aside to teach recruits self-defense at the Norfolk police training academy. If they wanted to become officers, they would need to know how to handcuff a suspect, block punches and kicks, and protect themselves - and their gun - in a fight to the death.

In Norfolk, that means learning to take a hit.

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