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Trends in Cleveland Police Division's use of force

Recent stats show the use of force by Cleveland Police has increased, while less lethal force has decreased. (Source: WOIO) Recent stats show the use of force by Cleveland Police has increased, while less lethal force has decreased. (Source: WOIO)

We've obtained the latest records on the use of force by Cleveland Police, and numbers show the use of deadly force has increased, while less lethal force has decreased for the first half of the year.

On Tuesday, a police sergeant shot and killed a man after police say the man pointed a gun at the officer and refused to drop it. In recent months, police have also shot and wounded a man while breaking up an armed robbery of a Family Dollar. They shot and wounded a man they say lunged at officers with a knife, and more.

Through June 2014, Cleveland Police have used deadly force in 12 cases. Through June 2013, they used deadly force in six cases.

But records show less lethal force has dropped sharply, with fewer cases involving stun guns, pepper spray, and bodily force.

Of course, police use of force has even sparked a national debate after the shooting of a teen in Missouri.

"You gotta dig deeper. You gotta drill down," said local activist Bob Render.

Render wants to know more: Are certain officers using more force? Plus, what can be done so citizens don't feel the need to confront police, especially in poor neighborhoods?

"When people feel a sense of hopelessness, then they resort to anti-social behavior, and in the end, get shot or incarcerated," added Render.

Veteran officers say there's no way to predict citizen confrontations with police.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Calvin Williams described what happened:

"This is another situation with a weapon, and a person who shouldn't have had a weapon, and he actually pointed a gun at an officer."

These trends come as officers know federal agencies have been watching Cleveland Police and reviewing its use of force for recent years, including a 2012 chase that turned deadly.

View a snapshot of the past few months.

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