Two men charged after altercation with Ottawa Police in the Byward Market

A pair of 21-year-old Ottawa men are facing assault charges, one against a cop, following a scrap in the Byward Market Friday.

Reports of a man assaulting security guards with a metal pole, or rope line divider used for crowd control, led Ottawa Police to the 100 block of Clarence St. at 11:55 p.m.

According to police, as officers were handling the scene, another man reached through the crowd and punched an officer in the left eye and nose, cutting him. He was grounded by police and handcuffed.

The first man tried to grab those cops and was arrested.

“Our officers have a difficult and dangerous job and they work hard to serve the residents of this city,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Just over a minute of video footage was posted on YouTube and distributed to media Saturday morning by an advocacy group alleging police brutality.

The video shows an officer take down and punch an individual at least four times.

“We are aware of a video that shows a portion of the arrest in this incident and it will be reviewed by our professional standards section,” Bordeleau said.

Paramedics treated the constable at the scene. The accused suffered minor injuries.

Gohar Ali is charged with obstructing a peace officer, causing a disturbance, and assault with a weapon. Balkaran Bajwa is charged with assaulting a peace officer, uttering threats, resisting arrest, and causing a disturbance.

Both were held pending a court appearance.

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