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06/29/2005

Texas: Warnings preceded DPS recruit's death

By Dave Michaels, The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN, Texas – A Department of Public Safety recruit died last month of injuries suffered after a lieutenant overruled two supervisors' warnings that the trainee was too overmatched by a superior fighter to box in an agency-sanctioned drill, records show.

The death of Jimmy Ray Carty Jr. is apparently the first to result from an exercise long used to teach recruits to defend themselves, though one recruit suffered a serious head injury in the late 1980s.

The training staff at the department – whose spokesmen initially described the boxing only as an "arrest-and-control tactics" drill – is investigating the May 26 incident but has not halted use of the exercise.

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