Heroes, Terrorists, and the Police


A small police training company owned by Chicago officers, the International Tactical Training Association (ITTA), has been training units of the police of El Salvador in the use of force, according to a recent report by FIJ grantee Danielle Mackey.

According to Mackey’s investigation, the training has no oversight from either the U.S. or Salvadoran governments, although ITTA appears to have extensive U.S. federal and military connections. Mackey reports that the situation is particularly concerning given the evidence of excessive use of force by both the Chicago trainers and the Salvadoran trainees.

You can read the full report here. 

Photo: Salvadoran PNC officers do target practice in an ITTA course. Source: ANSP Flickr account.