A Winnipeg criminologist says two officer-involved shootings in one week has caught his attention, but not enough to sound the alarm.
“It’s certainly striking when we hear about two officer involved shootings in about one week,” said Frank Cormier, head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba.
Although the shootings may have grabbed a lot of attention, Cormier insists there’s no reason to panic.
“This is a very small sample,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a trend starting or this is an increase we would expect to see continue.”
“At the same time it is something I believe we should keep an eye on.”
In 2017, the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) looked into five officer-related shootings, two of which were fatal, involving Winnipeg police. That number dropped in 2018 to just one officer-related shooting, according to the province’s police watchdog.
As the two 2019 shootings are still under investigation, the Winnipeg Police Service cannot comment on either incident.