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2 Ottawa police officers charged in assault

09/16/2011 12:12 EDT | Updated 11/16/2011 05:12 EST

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has charged two Ottawa police officers with assault related to an August call of a man lying on a downtown sidewalk.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. Aug. 13. Later that day, the SIU was contacted by Ottawa police, which reported two of its officers arrived at the scene and found 50-year-old Hugh Styres lying down along Henderson Avenue in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood.

Styres, who is from Ottawa, was eventually arrested and sustained injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was later diagnosed with facial fractures.

Passerby alleged assault last month

Passerby Tasha Doucette had called police to alert them about Styres' condition. But she alleged the officers were rough with Styres, as she watched behind a bush.

Ian Scott, SIU's director of investigations, said he believes those officers assaulted Styres.

The officers face one charge each of assault causing bodily harm and are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 20.

The SIU investigates all reports involving police that lead to death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. The agency said it would not comment any further on the investigation.

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