Whitehorse RCMP defend use of force in arrest of man allegedly wielding axe

Whitehorse RCMP are standing behind officers' use of force in the arrest of a man allegedly wielding an axe on Monday, despite an apparent witness calling their actions "brutal."

Officers responded to a report that the man was swinging the axe, hitting property and threatening people while he walked along 2nd Avenue in Whitehorse around 11:00 a.m. on Monday, according to an RCMP news release issued on Tuesday.

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