A Toronto police officer is facing an assault charge following an incident during an arrest in late December.

Const. Gary Gould, 32, an 11-year veteran who works in 33 Division, is charged following a Dec. 29 incident in which a man under arrest attempted to break police property then spat on the arresting officer.

Police allege the man was punched several times.

Gould is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28.