An 18-year-old La Rioja provincial Police cadet’s death during training has prompted debate about training practices in the security forces.
Emanuel Garay died Sunday after a six-day fight for survival in a La Rioja hospital where he was suffering “serious acute dehydration and kidney failure”, according to an autopsy.
Five of Garay’s superiors — cadets in their second and third years — are being investigated over the training session on Monday February 5 that is believed to have prompted the 18-year-old’s collapse and subsequent hospitalisation. Three senior officers are also being investigated.
The province’s general prosecutor claims the death occurred in “an adverse situation” given the high temperatures and the “disproportionate psychical demand” placed on cadets whom were “denied liquids to rehydrate”.