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Yellow Springs Police Officers Learn De-escalation Techniques

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Police officers are learning de-escalation techniques in an Ohio village where questions have been raised about police tactics at a New Year's Eve celebration.

The Dayton Daily News reports that every Yellow Springs officer took part in mandatory training earlier this month. Interim Chief Brian Carlson says the eight-hour de-escalation training is an important first step in putting the holiday incident behind the department.

Residents have complained about the use of a police cruiser to disperse the crowd and police handling of stun guns at the southwestern village's New Year's Eve ball drop celebration.

Comedian Dave Chappelle, a Yellow Springs native, recently spoke at a meeting where he urged the village council to become a leader in progressive law enforcement.

Carlson says another training session is planned.