- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento police will receive training in defusing potentially violent confrontations without bloodshed as they respond to criticism over two recent fatal shootings.

The department said Tuesday that it will send six officers to a free two-day course in New Orleans next month that teaches police how to de-escalate such encounters.

It says the training by the Police Executive Research Forum includes improving communications and decision-making while protecting officers’ safety when dealing with people who may be mentally ill or in crisis.

Sgt. Bryce Heinlein says the group will help train others in the department.

The city has hired a former civil rights prosecutor to review the deaths of Joseph Mann and Dazion Flenaugh. Both were armed with knives.

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