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Ismail Bhabha, Police Officer Convicted Of Assault, Given Conditional Discharge

11/03/2015 05:45 EST | Updated 11/03/2016 05:12 EDT
Vancouver police Const. Ismail Bhabha, who was convicted in August for assaulting a cyclist in 2013, was given a conditional discharge in Surrey today, meaning he'll have no criminal record if he abides by the judge's conditions.

Bhabha, who has remained on duty with the Vancouver Police Department, is required to keep the peace over the next six months and complete 15 hours of community service.

The judge described Bhabha's actions in March 2013 — where he was caught on tape punching a cyclist in the face during an arrest — as a momentary exercise of bad judgment.

The video, taken by the cyclist's friend and posted on Facebook, was shared thousands of times and led to calls on social media for Bhabha to be fired.

However, Vancouver police Chief Const. Adam Palmer defended Bhabha, saying he should be judged on the totality of his record, and not the actions of one moment.

Bhabha was joined by friends and coworkers in the courtroom. He declined to address court at the sentencing hearing.

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