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Widow Claims Head Blows Caused Recruit's Death

August 19, 2011  | 

The widow of a Norfolk (Va.) Police recruit who died after defensive tactics training has sued departmental leaders and trainers, claiming that repeated blows to the head caused the death of John Kohn.

Patricia Kohn filed the complain Tuesday in Circuit Court, asking for $35 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.

The suit names former Chief Bruce P. Marquis, acting Chief Sharon Chamberlin, and officers who trained recruits in defensive tactics — Leldon Sapp, Stephen Bailey, Michael Reardon, and Laura Tessier.

John Kohn, 40, died Dec. 18, nine days after a two-day training session in defensive tactics.

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

Related: Virginia Chief On Hot Seat After Training Death (video)


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Joe Lewis @ 8/20/2011 8:51 AM

A tragedy that he died during training and a lasting tragedy that she is blaming staff for his death.

Patriot73 @ 8/23/2011 6:04 AM

She has good reason to blame the department. If you watch the entire video you will see the instructor went way to far, and none of the other instructors just stood around while the student was being beaten on.

To make matterss worse, the department tried to hide this video at the onset of the story. They released a video of Mr. Kohn and another student running into each other student and banging heads. They said that was the nature of his injury. It was only after a WAVY10 reporter investigated and found the video we see now that the real story came out.

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/contradiction-in-police-recruit-death%3F

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