1. The Weasel Zippers post says that it is taken from this NY Post article:

    in which the close-eyes-and-take-a-deep-breath comment is an unattributed report from “one cop.” That Post article links, in turn, to this Post article from the day before:

    which describes the NYPD training in more detail.
    – The first day is a course presented by “Blue Courage” a course designed for LEO’s and law enforcement departments with an interest in “self-improvement, increased engagement, stress-management, developing resilience, igniting culture change, combatting cynicism, while improving overall health and well-being.”
    – The second day is “lectures on ‘the legitimacy of policing — why police officers do what they do'”.
    – The third is a gym day to teach new a new takedown technique to substitute for neck holds.

    Now we have to speculate a bit: The Post article talking about breath and eyes doesn’t say which day of the training that advice came from, but it sure doesn’t sound like it came from the second or third, but far more likely from the first day which includes stress management. That was the day taught by Blue Courage. Now here’s the interesting thing about Blue Courage: If you’ll take a look at their website:

    it was founded by and has a board of directors made up either entirely or virtually entirely of cops and ex-cops. Now I have to say that what they teach really seems like kinda odd touchy-feelie stuff, but their client list, also on that site, includes Chicago PD, LAPD, DEA, FBI, and the Secret Service, together with a bunch of other large law enforcement agencies. That raises this question: Do you _really_ think that this bunch of ex-cops are going to tell cops to close their eyes and take a deep breath when in a deadly situation? Or is it more likely that this is just a bit more sensationalism from the well-established sensationalist NY Post, perhaps seeking out and getting a comment from one of the many disgruntled NY cops?