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The Latest: Minneapolis pulls officers from training class

May 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Latest on Minnesota law enforcement agencies' decisions to pull out of BulletProof training (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The Minneapolis Police Department has joined a county sheriff's office in pulling its officers out of training that was criticized after the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile.

On Tuesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says his department decided not to send officers to the BulletProof training after careful consideration.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press , Arradondo said the department's training model is built on community trust, and they don't want to attend training that could shake that trust. Minneapolis originally planned to send officers to the training to assess it.

Critics say the training is fear-based. But the company behind the program says it teaches communication techniques.

Former St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez attended the training two years before he shot Castile. Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter. The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office announced earlier that it was pulling deputies from the training.

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12 p.m.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office has pulled deputies out of a law-enforcement training class that was criticized after the 2016 shooting of Philando Castile.

BulletProof training sessions are planned at the Mall of America this week. Critics say the training is fear-based. A protest of the training is planned.

But the company behind the program says it teaches communication techniques.

Former St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez attended the training two years before he shot Castile. Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter.

Ramsey County sheriff's deputies now provide policing in Falcon Heights, where Castile was killed. Chief Deputy Steve Frazer tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press he pulled deputies from the training because the department has worked hard to develop positive relationships with the community, and the program is hurtful to some.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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