Willie Sauls, Jr. has nearly 30 years in law enforcement, including time on the U.S. marshal’s fugitive task force. Just two months ago, he’d completed cultural awareness, use of force and de-escalation training.
Days prior to the incident, Officer Roland Claud had also completed the same training. He’s been with APD for 13 years and faces a charge for damaging the students’ cars.
In March and April, 21-year veteran Officer Lonnie Hood completed training in the same area. Last year, Taser recertification was completed. She’s charged for her use of the Taser on Young and aggravated assault on Pilgrim.
It had been about a year since Officer Armond Jones completed his training. He was the freshest officer in the bunch, going from cadet to officer in October 2018. He faces an aggravated battery charge for throwing Young on the ground and pointing his gun.
Those four are currently on administrative leave as of Tuesday evening.
But from our report Monday, we know Ivory Streeter and Mark Gardner, the two officers fired earlier in the week and charged Tuesday, were also veterans on the force, investigators in the fugitive unit and had recently gone through all that same de-escalation and use-of-force training.
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