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Winnipeg police reported fewer incidents of using force on suspects last year -- but more that involved police striking suspects and using non-lethal weapons.
The Winnipeg Police Service’s 2018 use of force report said police filed 757 such reports, the lowest number in the last five years.
However, two types of force -- hard empty-hand control, which includes kicking, punching and striking; and intermediate weapons, which include batons and tasers -- saw the highest rates over the past five years in 2018.
The report also said there were similar increases in the number of suspects who demonstrated active aggression and aggravated active aggression, which includes resistance that has a risk of death or serious injury to citizens and police.
Last year also saw an increase in incidents where police encountered suspects who were armed with edged weapons or firearms, the report said. Of the 164 instances of aggravated active aggression in 2018, 73 involved an edged weapon, 30 involved a firearm, 24 included a blunt object, eight included an attempt to disarm and 29 included incidents where police were attacked with unusual weapons like radio cords or pencils.
Complaints about excessive use of force in 2018 were among the lowest of the last five years, the report said.
The report will go before the Winnipeg Police Board on Friday.
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