Officer involved shootings was the theme of a special police training seminar this morning in Gautier. Ironically, it was held one day after an officer involved shooting in the Latimer area of Jackson County.
In that incident, an armed man was shot and wounded by sheriff’s deputies.
About 100 police officers from across the state were at the seminar. They learned about constitutional law and what happens after they are involved in a shooting incident.
Two district attorneys from the Coast were also present, telling the officers that they are there to help them through any incident that might happen.
The instructor of the seminar, Tim Rutledge of The Regional Counterdrug Training Academy, acknowledged the attitude in the country over officer involved shootings has changed since the incident in Ferguson, MO just over a year ago.
He stressed that video will be the key to protecting officers in the future. Rutledge said that video, including car cameras and body cams, removes any speculation when a shooting occurs.
Doug Walker covered the story, and you can see more tonight on WLOX News and on WLOX.com.