A Vancouver police officer has been found guilty of assaulting a cyclist two years ago.
It was all caught on video and uploaded to YouTube.
Constable Ismail Bhabha was placing handcuffs on Kharazi Akhavan, when he is seen punching the cyclist in the face.
Bhabha claims the man was resisting arrest.
Akhavan was stopped for allegedly running a red light, and not wearing a helmet.
It happened near Robson and Beatty Street on March 26, 2013.
The Office of the Police Complaints Commission ordered West Vancouver police to investigate the officer’s actions.
The officer was found guilty on one count of assault. He will be sentenced in November.
Vancouver Police spokesperson Brian Montague says the BC Police Act investigation will now be reactivated.
He adds Bhabha will remain in his current position on patrol for the time being.
Watch the video here:
Mark Schwarz, who caught the assault on video, believes given the increasing prevalence of high profile police brutality in the U.S., the public is becoming more numb to that kind of violence.
“A punch in the head today I think would have less attention than what’s going on. It seems like police in the states are feeding the press with all sorts of content that are more viral than this.”
VPD Police Chief Adam Palmer told CKNW’s Drex that Bhaba should be judged on the totality of his actions rather than on one incident.
“He’s a good police officer, and he’s highly regarded by his co-workers, and a decorated officer and recently he saved somebody’s life.”
Palmer also says police face an intense amount of scrutiny every day.
He says the officer has never been in trouble before.