Ottawa police officers cleared after ByWard Market incident

Ottawa police say officers have been cleared after a video surfaced in September showing officers punching a man, who has since been charged, outside a Clarence Street bar.

2 men charged in Clarence Street incident

This screen capture of a video posted to YouTube shows officers in an altercation with a man outside a Clarence Street bar. The man was charged but the officers have been cleared.

Ottawa police will not charge or punish a police officer involved in a ByWard Market incident that was posted on YouTube in early September.

Ottawa police said they were responding to a call of a man using a metal pole to assault staff at a Clarence Street nightclub before the incident was caught on camera.

The video shows an officer throwing several punches near a man's head while he and another officer had the man pinned to the ground.

Police said the man seen in the video had also punched a police officer in the face.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said their professional standards section looked into the fight but decided no further action was needed.

2 men charged

Two men are facing assault charges in connection with the incident.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit has also said it would not investigate the incident.

The SIU said a man seen in a one-minute YouTube video being tackled to the ground and punched repeatedly by police only suffered minor injuries.

It investigates whenever a member of the public is seriously injured or killed in an incident involving police.

The Ottawa Police Association said these kinds of videos are becoming more common and that can be problematic because they don't show the whole scenario.

Skof has said the union continues to push for cameras on cruisers and uniforms, which he said would cause fewer complaints and higher conviction rates.

However, such cameras cost around $1,800 each.


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