Veteran 'literally body-slammed' by VA police: Lawmakers grill VA on use of force
June 11, 2019
WASHINGTON – One described a Veterans Affairs police officer throwing a New York veteran seeking therapy to the ground. Another said a California veteran died after receiving similar treatment at the hands of VA police there.
A third noted that a VA officer training to be an instructor at the national VA police academy threatened employees with a gun at a Massachusetts car dealership.
The underlying question from lawmakers to VA officials Tuesday: What is going on with VA police?
“I mean really what are they doing over there?” asked Rep. Gilbert Cisneros, Jr, D-Calif., who questioned training in particular. “Why are we having these situations where individuals are being injured or hurt or killed?”
An investigation of the VA police force by the agency’s inspector general concluded in December that systemic management failures had resulted in short-staffing and millions in overtime charged to taxpayers, as well as missed opportunities to ensure staff and veteran patients were protected.
USA TODAY reported in December on a case in Missouri where a veteran died after being tackled and detained by VA police in Kansas City.
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