A B.C. Mountie caught on camera punching a young man several times in the face is now facing a criminal charge.
The incident was captured in an graphic cell phone video obtained by local newspaper the Terrace Standard.
While you can’t see the events leading up to the May 2014 takedown, you can see an officer administering several blows to a young man’s head while he lies face down on the pavement outside a business.
Constable Bruce Loforth was placed on administrative leave while the IIO investigated, and now almost two years later has been charged with one count of assault.
Staff Sergeant Rob Vermeulen with BC RCMP says Lofroth has since returned to duty, but not in Terrace.
WATCH: Cell Phone video of the incident obtained by the Terrace Standard
It appears it may not be Loforth’s first headline making incident.
An officer by the same name, serving the same region, shot and killed a First Nations man five years prior.
A coroner’s report says Rodney Jackson, wanted on five outstanding warrants, was shot by a member of the Emergency Response Team as officers attempted to arrest the armed man at a rural property in Hazelton.
Local media reports say Lofroth testified at a coroner’s inquest one of the bullets he fired struck Jackson in the back.
The officer was never charged.
Constable Loforth is due in court for the assault charges March 7th.