Investigation open after Cincinnati police recruit injured while training

Cincinnati police recruit John Brown

A mother wants answers after her son suffered a medical emergency during a Jan. 19 training exercise at Cincinnati's police academy.

No one from the city has answered Paula Marshall Brown's questions about what exactly happened before police recruit John Brown II, 36, was rushed to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, she said. He's still in the hospital and unable to tell her what happened himself, she said.

"All I know is my son is in grave condition," Paula Brown said. "We are accepting prayers from anyone and everybody for his complete recovery."

John Brown, who began training and education at the police academy July 25 in the 111th recruit class and is supposed to graduate Feb. 4, is unconscious and unable to breathe on his own, his mom said.

Cincinnati police recruit John Brown, right,

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the 36-year-old recruit suffered a medical emergency during a training exercise meant to simulate struggles with suspects.

It was training similar to what officials call "red suiting" or "red man training" because the officer doing the training traditionally dons a protective red suit.

Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police President Dan Hils, who represents most of Cincinnati's police force, but not the recruits, described it as a "subject control exercise" in which the instructor plays the role of a person resisting arrest.

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