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Winnipeg police defend kicking suspect during arrest, release video

Last Updated Jun 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm PDT

Winnipeg police (Courtesy Winnipeg police, Facebook)
Summary

A video has surfaced showing Winnipeg officers kneeing, kicking a man during an arrest

The 74-second video posted online shows three officers trying to turn a man on the ground over to handcuff him

Security cameras show the man throwing what appears to be a handgun to the ground before police tackle him

Winnipeg police are defending their actions and reaching out to Indigenous leaders after a video surfaced showing officers kneeing and kicking a man during an arrest.

A blurry, 74-second video posted online shows three officers trying to turn a man on the ground over to handcuff him.

One officer knees the man in the back, another officer walks up and kicks the man, a Taser is deployed and the man is soon is cuffs.

The Winnipeg Police Service has released a longer and clearer video taken from nearby security cameras that shows the man throwing what appears to be a handgun to the ground before police tackle him.

Police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray says police received reports of a man armed with a gun and metal pipe who was threatening people on a street, and officers responded appropriately.

Murray says the officers’ actions were aimed at handcuffing the suspect and getting his hands away from a knife in his waistband.

Flinn Nolan Dorian, 33, has been charged with several offences including possession of a weapon.

Murray says police Chief Danny Smyth has reached out to Indigenous leaders to discuss the arrest.