How one police agency used martial arts to reduce use-of-force injuries

In Marietta, Ga., a viral video of police beating a man to gain control of him in an arrest led to mandatory training for new police officers in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The martial arts training reduced injuries to both officers and those they are trying to arrest because it reduced the need for punching, striking, or using Tasers or guns. The training also makes officers more confident and calmer, thus less apt to resort to greater uses of force. A retired Phoenix police officer with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu plans to offer free training in Tempe to area police officers.

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