Head gear will be worn by all Oklahoma City police recruits during future self-defense classes, Chief Bill Citty said Tuesday.
“We won't do any more defense training without it,” Citty said.
Cadet Kelley Chase, 38, died Saturday after hitting his head during a takedown maneuver with an instructor Friday. The accident occurred during a six-minute physical test, the final exercise in a two-week self-defense training course.
“In this case, the back of his head hit the mat,” Citty said. “It did not knock him unconscious. There was no fracture, it was just internal injuries.”
It wasn't a violent throw, Citty said.
The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Half of the recruits in the police academy class still need to complete the two-week course, Citty said.
The course has been delayed as cadets grapple with their peer's death and the department looks to purchase new safety gear.
Overall, a police academy entails 28 weeks of training and course work.
Chase, an Air Force veteran, leaves behind a wife of four years and their two children, ages 2 and 3.