- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are investigating claims that seven children from Southern California suffered physical abuse while attending a police-run boot camp on the Central Coast.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday the investigation began May 28 after one child claimed abuse by drill instructors at a Leadership Empowerment and Discipline Boot Camp.

The event from May 17 to 24 was put on by Huntington Park and South Gate police using the Army National Guard’s Camp San Luis Obispo facilities. The program is for children between 11 and 17 years old.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla says when investigators went to Southern California to interview the 39 children who attended the camp they identified six more potential victims.

Police chiefs from both departments met with parents and pledged a thorough investigation.

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