- Associated Press - Sunday, March 12, 2017

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) - Police officers are learning de-escalation techniques in an Ohio village where questions have been raised about police tactics at a New Year’s Eve celebration.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2mKyJVF ) that every Yellow Springs officer took part in mandatory training earlier this month. Interim Chief Brian Carlson says the eight-hour de-escalation training is an important first step in putting the holiday incident behind the department.

Residents have complained about the use of a police cruiser to disperse the crowd and police handling of stun guns at the southwestern village’s New Year’s Eve ball drop celebration.

Comedian Dave Chappelle, a Yellow Springs native, recently spoke at a meeting where he urged the village council to become a leader in progressive law enforcement.

Carlson says another training session is planned.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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