OTTAWA - There was violent confrontation involving Canadian police over the weekend and part of it was caught on camera.
Police said it happened after a man punched a constable.
Cellphone video, shot between 11 p.m. and midnight on Friday, shows an officer throwing several punches in the direction of a man's head.
Two officers pin the man to the ground.
Witnesses said the incident happened outside Tequila Jacks in the Byward Market.
Police responded just before midnight when they received reports of a man using a metal pole to assault security staff.
When officers arrived, police say a second man reached over the crowd and punched a constable in the left eye and nose, cutting him in the process.
Police said officers grounded and handcuffed the man.
Kira-Lynn Ferderber was eating dinner at a restaurant across the street. She says she watched one officer put a knee on a man's back while another officer punched him repeatedly in the head.
“We were shocked. We were all just standing around watching and we were just really worried about him. I didn"t know if he would get up and stand up and walk away. I thought they could kill him, the way they threw him on the ‘cement,’” said Ferderber
Ferderber said the man was able to walk to the police car when police escorted him. She says a huge crowd gathered on the sidewalk.
"What people were doing around was just screaming at them to stop. A lot of people were filming."
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau has not seen the video but says the force's professional standard's section is looking into the incident.
"All we have is a video that appeared on twitter and i think the prudent thing and the responsible thing for us to do is to put some context into the video and to examine exactly what did take place"
Police arrested Balkaran Bajwa, 21, and Gohar Ali. The men face charges including causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer.
Courtesy: CBC News; CNN
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