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“I have presided over clubbings, shootings, gassings and other assaults by the police. I see violence as a key weapon in the police arsenal and trained cops in the full range of possibilities available to us.
“My only caveat is that the use of force has to be legally justified, measured and appropriate, and that the weapons have to be in conformance with the law.”
SWAT officer is a big winner
A Minneapolis police SWAT officer has won $10,000 for himself and $100,000 of equipment for the Minneapolis Police Department’s SWAT unit, beating 13 other SWAT officers in a televised competition on the Outdoor Channel cable television network.
Tony Caspers, a 24-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, was declared the winner last week of a reality television series called ETU, which stands for Elite Tactical Unit. The episodes will re-air on the Outdoor Channel next month.
Caspers, 45, of Blaine, and the other officers from around the United States battled drug kingpins and returned pretend gunfire in a series of make-believe scenarios that included raiding houses and rescuing hostages. The officers used laser guns rather than live ammunition. The episodes were filmed in Arkansas, Missouri and New Hampshire.
Caspers was a last-minute replacement in the competition. In the final, he competed against a SWAT officer from Dallas. Mitch Petrie, an assistant producer, said he hosted a large party recently at a New Hope firearm training facility, Sealed Mindset, where Casper’s friends, family, other officers and sponsors watched.
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