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Duluth Police Use Reasonable Use of Force in Arrest of Resisting Subject

Duluth Police say they had to use reasonable use of force an a incident of a person resisting arrest Friday afternoon. Duluth Police say they had to use reasonable use of force an a incident of a person resisting arrest Friday afternoon. |  Photo: WDIO

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Updated: July 20, 2019 02:18 PM

Duluth Police say they had to use reasonable use of force in a incident of a suspect resisting arrest Friday afternoon.

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At about 2:08 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the report of an unwanted person, a 32-year-old male, who was at Tri Towers on the 200 Block of 2nd Ave E. The male has a no-bail domestic warrant.

When officers arrived, he fled on foot. Officers eventually detained him, at which point he resisted arrest. During the arrest, the suspect took an officer’s taser and pointed it at another officer's face.

Using restraint and limited force, officers were able to cuff the suspect.

"This incident illustrates the inherent dangers of police work and how quickly the dynamics can change when a subject is resisting arrest," said Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken.

"We train our officers to attempt to gain voluntary compliance through the use of effective communication skills to de-escalate an incident. Fortunately, these tactics are effective for the vast majority of our contacts. Sometimes these tactics are ineffective and police must respond to subject resistance by using reasonable and necessary use of force to safely effect an arrest and gain compliance."

Tusken said that in use of force incidents, the police conducts an administrative review to ensure officers' actions were reasonable and within policy, training and legislation.

"Based upon my preliminary review of the video, officers responded reasonably by using restraint in the face of a dynamic and escalating arrest of a resisting subject," said Chief Tusken.

The suspect was taken to St. Louis County Jail for disarming a police officer, obstruction, 5th degree assault, and fleeing on foot.

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