Gold-medal project: Judo seeks solutions in police training
Eve Steffans of the Martial Arts Academy in Billings, Montana, practices judo techniques on Ed Thompson, a retired police officer, during a training session, March 9, 2021, in Douglas, Wyoming. USA Judo is holding workshops with police departments across the country to introduce them to judo techniques that could lessen the need for deadly force when officers have to apprehend people on the streets. (AP Photo/Eddie Pells)
Matthew Maestas, left, of the Torrington, Wyoming Police Department and Ryan Rhoades, obscured at center, of the Meridian, Idaho Police Department practice a judo hold on instructor Taybren Lee of the LA Police Department during a training workshop on March 9, 2021, in Douglas, Wyoming. John Richard of the Glen Rock Wyoming Police Department captures the action with his camera phone. USA Judo is sponsoring training sessions for police departments throughout the country in hopes of preventing the use of deadly force when officers encounter possible suspects on the street.
(AP Photo/Eddie Pells)
Michael Johnson of the Billings, Montana Police Department grabs hold of instructor Mike Verdugo's arm while Harley Cagle of the Billings, Montana Police Department, left, captures the action on his cell phone during a training workshop on March 9, 2021, in Douglas, Wyoming. USA Judo officials spearheaded the training session to try to give officers techniques that could help them avoid using deadly force when they encounter potential suspects. (AP Photo/Eddie Pells)