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Bainbridge Police Demonstrate Use of Force

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Posted at 6:32 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 19:36:44-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) -- A group of Decatur County teens spent Thursday afternoon learning how police use force in certain situations.

Bainbridge Public Safety officers showed just how quickly things can escalate and why it's critical for police to respond with the right action.

"The use of force isn't always cut and dry," said Captain Mark Esquivel. "It's not always, 'He has a gun. I have a gun. Let's see who uses it first.'"

Bainbridge High School junior Walt Burrell said the demonstration was an eye-opening experience.

"With the public showing me through videos and stuff what's going on lately, I see what's really going on now," Burrell said.

Students say they know police are trained to handle all kinds of cases, but now, they realize the danger.

"They're superheroes of what they do, but they're still human," said Bainbridge High School sophomore Nicholas Hodges.

"People see them as bad guys in today's news and stuff, but it shows like they're like anybody else," Burrell said.

The demonstration was done through a partnership between Bainbridge Public Safety and the Decatur County Youth Leadership class.