An officer with the Burlington (VT) Police Department says she suffered three concussions and permanent hearing damage during a training exercise at the Vermont Police Academy.
According to Vermont Public Radio, Officer Erin Bartle participated three times in a scenario in which she was in contact with an intoxicated and violent offender portrayed by a Pittsford Police Academy instructor.
Bartle alleges suffering three concussions from the training drills.
During one drill she was "repeatedly punched…in the head with great force, knocking her to her knees, causing her to nearly lose consciousness," according to the lawsuit.
The complaint also said the police academy didn’t give trainees adequate equipment to protect them from head injuries, and failed to monitor trainees for injuries.