Winkler told the commission he didn't remember everything that happened during the baton training. He said that when he hit the instructors attacking him, they didn't get down on one knee as they told him they would. Winkler said they continued to attack him when he dropped his mouthpiece and when he said that he was unable to see.
According to the report, Winkler was given the code word "Timmy" to say if he needed the exercise to stop. Although his mouthpiece fell out and he said he couldn't see, he never said the word "Timmy."
The report says that other witnesses' statements to the incident were the same as Winkler's account. It also concluded that the participating West Virginia State Police Academy personnel "generally operated within the currently established procedures for conducting the training activity in which ... Winkler participated."
In its conclusion the report found no compelling reason to limit or eliminate the self-defense training.
In addition to changes at the academy, the report recommended the governor issue an executive order or sponsor legislation that would:
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