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Holder asks Congress for approval of shooter training


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is asking Congress to approve a $15 million plan to train law enforcement officers on how to handle shooting rampages.

Holder posted a video message to the Justice Department website Tuesday saying training on the matter is critical since patrol officers are often the first to arrive on the scene and are therefore relied on to respond to shooters instead of waiting for the arrival of the SWAT team.

Holder's comments came shortly after fatal shootings at a Kansas Jewish Community Center and Fort Hood, Texas.

The Justice Department and FBI have trained about 50,000 front-line officers on how to respond to mass shootings in the last decade.

You can see more of Holder's comments at www.justice.gov/tmp/041514/041514.html.

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