A plainclothes Vancouver police officer who was caught on tape punching a cyclist in 2013 has been found guilty of one count of assault, according to CKNW. The attack happened at Robson and Beatty Street.
The Vancouver Police Department told Vancity Buzz Ismail Bhabha will continue to serve as an officer, despite the ruling.
“The process continues and no decision will be made until the process is complete. In the meantime, the officer remains in his current position,” said Constable Brian Montague in an e-mail.
The video, filmed by ClubZone CEO Mike Schwarz, shows Andishae Akhavan Kharazi getting arrested for allegedly running a red light and riding a bike without a helmet. The officer then punches him.
When Kharazi asked the officer why he punched him, he said he was resisting arrest.
An independent investigation was carried out by the West Vancouver Police Department and concluded that Bhabha should be charged with assault.
Schwarz said in a ClubZone blog post that he’s surprised the officer was found guilty.
“From the video footage, I think it’s pretty clear for anyone to see that this isn’t the best way to handle a situation like this, and it sends a clear message that this type of police behaviour won’t be tolerated.”
Bhabha’s sentencing will happen in November.
See below for the video of the confrontation:
Cop Punches Cyclist Vancouver BCUpdate: The Police officer was just found GUILTY of assault!https://www.facebook.com/clubzone/posts/971721489545196————————-So my friend Andi was riding his bike home (sober) 3 blocks in Yaletown late last night without a helmet or light on. He went through a red light at the bottom of Robson and Beatty as there was NO traffic there at all (3 way intersection in front of the Terry Fox Memorial). These cops pull him over, and this is what they do to him. I have a full 10m video, and I’m recommending that Andi presses charges. Please help prevent this sort of stuff from happening again by sharing this video / photos, and asking the VPD to investigate VPD Officer Bhabha #2703.
Posted by Mike Schwarz on Wednesday, March 27, 2013