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Vancouver officer charged with assaulting cyclist

09/13/2013 03:28 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST
A Vancouver police officer has been charged with assaulting a cyclist after video of the punch was posted on the internet.

The incident happened in March in downtown Vancouver while Const. Ismail Bhabha was handcuffing cyclist Adishea Akhavan after pulling him over for riding without a helmet and running a red light.

When the cyclist asked the officer if he didn't have anything better to do, a video taken by an onlooker appears to show Bhabha winding up and punching Akhavan in the head, which he says he never saw coming — and left him with a tooth through his lip.

The video of the incident was posted on Facebook and quickly spread virally through social media., sparking widespread outrage.

The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner ordered West Vancouver police to investigate the incident.

The assault charge against Bhabha was sworn this morning in provincial court in Vancouver.

Vancouver police Sgt. Randy Fincham says Bhabha is still at work but has been moved to another location within the force.

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