The release of a YOUTUBE video is probably not good timing for the Boise State Bronco football coaching staff in light of recent civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and national debate over the “militarization of police” throughout the the USA.
A GUARDIAN reader called our attention to the You Tube posting Tuesday, asking for comment. The opening scene shows what appear to be coaches clinging to an armored vehicle with lights flashing and siren screaming. Next scene is the usual SWAT door bashing, screaming, and flash-bang explosions.
A SWAT copper and coach Bryan Harsin make on camera comments. Harsin said the exercise was, “A lot more harder than I thought it would be.” He equated the life threatening one-on-one combat to aspects of football.
The video is technically well produced at a training facility with overhead views and includes images of coaches brandishing assault weapons wearing military-style combat helmets and body armor with “suspects” shooting blanks at them. Obviously all the participants are shooting with blank ammunition.
We have no idea when the entertaining “team building exercise” was produced. United Dairymen of Idaho sponsors the “Bronco All Access” website, but a spokesperson told the GUARDIAN Wednesday the group has no control over content and did not sponsor the specific SWAT segment content.
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