W.Va. officer 'almost died' in beating at police academy

Officer Christopher Winkler suffered a blood clot after being beaten by two police trainers with a baton

By Gary A. Harki
Charleston Gazette

PRINCETON, W.Va. — A Princeton police officer and West Virginia State Police Academy basic-class student says he nearly died of a blood clot in his brain after being beaten by two of his instructors during a training session at the academy in Institute.

Christopher Winkler, 23, said the alleged beating at the hands of two trainers, which he said happened during baton training on April 5, left him unconscious.

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