Allegations of excessive force used in Harlingen cadet training prompts investigation

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The Texas Commission of Law Enforcement is investigating allegations of excessive force seen in a cadet training video.

The Texas Commission of Law Enforcement is investigating allegations of excessive force seen in a cadet training video.

Videos provided by a CBS 4 News viewer shows cadets going through what some are calling excessive force during their training. The students are a part of a police academy course held at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.

Currently, TCOLE has opened an investigation and have called what is seen in the video “concerning”, according to a spokesperson.

Primera Police Chief Manuel Treviño, who has been in law enforcement for more than 26 years, was surprised to see the way the training was conducted.

“I’m pretty sure this individual is certified, I mean the academy has to do some sort of background before allowing them to be an instructor, but after seeing this they might want to make some changes especially to may them have some sort of protective gear,” Treviño said.

Treviño said his officers have been through this academy in the past.

TSTC released this statement:

“Though the Police Academy is offered as a Continuing Education course through Texas State Technical College, the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council organizes and teaches the training.”

The Lower Rio Grande Development Council says they were informed of the incident on May 17th regarding a cadet who was attending the 6 month basic peace officer course. The incident resulted in changes made to the course.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council released this statement:

“During a defensive tactic training session, video recording was conducted for the purposes of cadet instruction and feedback. Video feedback had not been previously utilized by LRGVDC Police Academy and after evaluating this practice and as result of this incident, this method will not be used in the future.”

Officials with TCOLE said The Lower Rio Grande Valley Academy will be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

They say current cadets will be able to finish the course through TCOLE supervision, but no new academies can begin.

TCOLE officials say they want to make sure the academy is meeting the standards and upholding the terms of their contract.

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