Police say use of force ‘rarely’ required

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

Officers with Durham Regional Police say they were called on to use a conducted energy weapon commonly referred to as a taser, twice over the weekend.

On Sunday, at approximately 4:20 p.m., officers responded to a residence on Duffs Road in Whitby in search of a male wanted by another police service. The distraught male was found hiding in the basement and police say he became combative. An officer deployed his CEW but say it was not effective initially. They say a second deployment was required and the 40-year-old male was arrested without further incident on domestic-related charges.

The same day at 9:15 p.m., officers were called to Memorial Park in Oshawa for a man armed with a knife. Police say an officer attempted a gunpoint arrest of the male, but the male would not comply with the officer’s commands. As backup officers arrived, the original officer transitioned to his CEW and police say “when the male observed it, he obeyed the officer’s commands and was arrested without further incident.”

“[The officer] only needed to display the CEW to resolve an armed person call in Oshawa,” police said in a media release.

A 22-year-old male was later released without charges and a knife was seized.

Durham Regional Police say they are “rarely required to use force during interactions with the public.” In 2015, force was used in far less than one percent of calls; officers used the CEW 44 times in 2015 and in 24 of those cases, they say the CEW was not actually fired – “just the presence of the device de-escalated the situation,” they add.

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