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Police: Citizens should act to stop mass shootings

Despite traditional advice, citizens may need to act in a way they haven't been trained for or equipped to deal with


By Erica Goode
The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The speed and deadliness of recent high-profile shootings have prompted police departments to recommend fleeing, hiding or fighting in the event of a mass attack, instead of remaining passive and waiting for help.

The shift represents a "sea change," said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, which recently held a meeting in Washington to discuss shootings like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.

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