"Obviously they are trying to cover it up," McPeak said. "I'll advocate for all trainees and hope the training gets changed."
Turner, the governor's spokesman, said Manchin discussed an investigation with his chief of staff, Jim Spears, and Joe Thornton, acting secretary of the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, which oversees the State Police.
"The specifics are not established," Turner said. "But it's something the governor mentioned and something we are going to pursue."
At the news conference, Baylous showed the equipment used during the Multiple Assailant Training when, according to Pack's statement, "it became apparent that he was suffering an adverse medical condition."
The equipment consisted of boxing gloves for the instructors, along with a padded nightstick with a solid core for the trainee, along with a protective vest and boxing-type headgear. Baylous also said that instructors wore heavy protective equipment during the training.
Winkler was in the academy's 141st Basic Police Training Class, which is for law enforcement officers other than the State Police. New law enforcement officers in departments throughout West Virginia must attend basic classes to get certified as a police officer in the state. The training lasts 16 weeks and differs from the State Police Cadet classes, which last for 30 weeks.
State Police are trying to be transparent about what happened, Baylous said.
"Colonel Pack and the West Virginia State Police would not be opposed to an independent review," Baylous said. "We are providing facts as we collect them."
He said about 15 people have been interviewed in the State Police investigation, which has not been completed.
He said he didn't know if Winkler had been interviewed. McPeak said he has not.
Winkler still has a blood clot in his brain and has not been able to return to work for the Princeton police department, McPeak said.
She said her son wants to be a police officer more than anything, and the family has no plans to sue the academy or the State Police.
"I just want to see my son certified," she said.
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