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Vancouver police officer caught on video punching cyclist charged

After Andishae Akhavan asks why he was arrested, the arresting officer suddenly punches him.

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A Vancouver police officer has been charged with assault in connection with an arrest where a man was punched.

West Vancouver Police conducted the investigation involving Constable Ismail Bhabha after a  39-second video of the incident surfaced on the Internet.

The footage shows Bhabha punching a cyclist he was attempting to handcuff during an arrest in March.

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The officers involved said they were trying to arrest a man because he rode his bicycle through a red light and wasn't wearing a helmet.

The Office of the Police Complaints Commission ordered the West Vancouver police to investigate the allegations.

The Crown approved the recommendation of the single charge of assault this week and the charge was sworn against Bhabha in Vancouver provincial court on Friday.

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