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iN VIDEO: Abbotsford police officer punches man in face during arrest

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Abbotsford police have responded to a video of an officer punching a suspect in the face after the Offspring concert on Saturday.

A video posted to social media, Nov. 26, shows several officers on scene with a man on the ground. The man gets up and police try to put handcuffs on him but he appears to resist. One of the cops punches the man in the face, knocking him to the ground.

The officers were at the Abbotsford Centre following the Offspring concert, according to a press release from the Abbotsford Police Department.

"After the concert was let out, officers were dealing with a member of the public when an unrelated citizen, who became the subject of the video, began to interfere with the officer’s investigation," the release reads.


Police say the man ignored "police direction to disengage."

As a result, police told him he was under arrest and he continued to be non-compliant, "resulting in the officer using force on him, striking him twice in the face before taking him into custody and placing him in handcuffs," police say.

The use of force is under review and the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner was notified Sunday morning.

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