Reporting Derek Valcourt
The mayor visited the hospital Tuesday and said she personally promised the trainee’s family that the city would get to the bottom of what went wrong.
New police commissioner Anthony Batts immediately shut down all police academy operations until a thorough investigation and review of all safety procedures can be completed.
And WJZ has learned several top commanders at the police academy have all been suspended as a result of this incident.
“Six members of BPD Academy chain of command have had their police powers suspended pending further investigation,” Batts said in a statement. “Counseling, through PCA and our Critical Incident Stress Team, has been provided and will continue to be available to everyone involved.”
Doctors say the victim is out of surgery, in intensive care, and WJZ was told he is responsive.
“But any thoughts or predictions about long-term neurologic outcomes are way, way, way too early,” said Dr. Thomas Scalea, Shock Trauma.
Maryland State Police are now in charge of the investigation.
City police are promising to be open and transparent information on what happened.