WINNIPEG — Winnipeg police provided details about a video posted online showing an arrest made in the Exchange District Thursday, during a press conference Friday afternoon.
“Admittedly it’s a tough video to watch, it shows use of force by our officers,” said Const. Jay Murray of the Winnipeg Police Service.
“We don’t want to use force, we never do, but it’s a requirement of the job at times.”
The video was posted to social media by Winnipeg Police Cause Harm on Thursday, a group that describes itself on Facebook as “a police abolitionist organization fighting against the power and violence of the Winnipeg Police Service.”
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS VIOLENT CONTENT
During Friday’s press conference, Winnipeg police provided an additional video which they said provides more context.
“It’s no secret that there’s been a lot of scrutiny on police across North America over the last few days and weeks,” said Murray.
“Anytime there’s a video like this that’s shared widely, obviously some inaccurate information comes out, some misinformation, and I think the public asks a lot of questions that they want answered, so this is an opportunity to provide those answers.”
The video shows officers attempting to restrain a suspect on the ground. In the video, one of the officers kicks the suspect twice. A total of five Winnipeg police officers can be seen in the video responding to the arrest.
Winnipeg police said on Thursday they were responding to a weapons complaint at the Centennial Concert Hall.
According to police, a 33-year-old who was allegedly on meth, vandalized a section of the building, smashed a window, and broke into the building.
After being confronted by security, police say the man left the building, brandished what appeared to be a handgun terrifying several pedestrians.
Police said on Friday the handgun was determined to be an airsoft gun.
Police said the man refused to listen to police commands to get on the ground, and allegedly assaulted an officer when they tried to arrest him.
The man was taken into custody. Police said in addition to the gun, officers discovered a heavy bar and a knife on the man during the arrest. Police said the man was not injured during the arrest.
“This male actually admitted to using a significant amount, and I need to emphasize a significant amount, of methamphetamine the evening before,” said Murray.
Flinn Nolan Dorian, 33, from Winnipeg faces multiple charges, including three counts of possession of a weapon, resisting a police officer and assaulting a police officer.
The charges have not been tested in court.
WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE USE OF FORCE
Murray said the vast majority of encounters that police have with individuals are resolved without the need for force.
He said last year, four out of every 1000 incidents involved the use of force.
“That’s a statistic that we’re pretty proud of,” said Murray. “Our work will never be done until that number becomes zero.”
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