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Winnipeg police to address controversial picture making social media rounds

Winnipeg police say they will be addressing a controversial photo that made the rounds on social media late last week.

The photo appears to show officers and fire paramedics posing with a vulnerable man for a photo.

The photo was taken on Grant Avenue Friday afternoon, where police said a man was initially assessed for medical reasons by fire paramedics and ultimately determined to be intoxicated, which required a police presence to transport him to safe lodging at the Main Street Project.

Const. Rob Carver will talk to media at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

READ MORE: Controversial photo may not be what it seems, say Winnipeg police

Carver said Monday that people shouldn’t judge without knowing the circumstances.

“It’s easy to judge from an outside standpoint and look at it and go, ‘well, that was inappropriate’,” said Carver.

“It might be inappropriate if you don’t know what’s going on, but it might be absolutely, not only appropriate, but perfect in terms of getting that person to where they need to be safely and dealing with them in a way that makes them feel comfortable.”

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