"Whatever it points out, maybe it'll go that way," he said. "I don't know. Maybe it will just be something to help formulate better policy."
Any citizen can ask for an investigation by the Legislature's commission, said Ramie Barker, chief of staff for state Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, D-Logan.
By law the commission can't talk about investigations, including whether or not something is being investigated, he said.
"If they have any findings, then they share them with the proper authorities, then they are made public," Barker said.
In his press release on Tuesday, Pack addressed the incident for the first time -- two weeks after Winkler was initially injured and three days after a Gazette-Mail report detailing Winkler's account.
He said an internal inquiry by the State Police had shown that Winkler was neither abused nor mistreated and that several academy staff members and basic officers in attendance had been interviewed.
According to Winkler, only he and staff members were in the room during the training.
Pack also said that the existence of clear and convincing medical evidence that Winkler's condition was a direct result of training hadn't been produced.
But medical records provided to the Gazette by the Winkler family shows a diagram of Winkler's injuries to the neck. The "Emergency Physician Record" from Thomas Memorial Hospital states that Winkler received a head injury during training at the police academy. The "context" on the form is listed as "direct blow," the severity as "moderate" and the associated symptoms as "lost consciousness."
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