FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

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)

Tags: Norfolk (Va.) PD, Training Academies, Defensive Tactics


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

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

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Former Officer, Criminal Justice Scholar Says Police Training Leads to "Avoidable" Suspect Deaths
Having served as an officer at a large municipal police department, and now as a scholar...
Video: Police Chiefs Share Views on Deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner
In a CBS News interview, a group of four police chiefs discussed excessive force,...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine