Canadian cop filmed punching cyclist faces investigation +video

Vancouver copper was cuffing rider for red light jumping

by Sarah Barth   March 30, 2013  

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 A policeman who was filmed punching a cyclist in the face as he arrested him now faces an investigation.

The Vancouver officer pulled over Andi Shae Akhavan for jumping a red light in the city centre.

He and a colleague attempted to put Akhavan in cuffs, and Akhavan says that when he moved his arm, he received a punch to the face.

Akhavan told CTV News in the USA: “I asked is there better things to be doing than giving tickets."

“I might have used some words I wouldn’t use on TV, but it was in a completely civil manner.”

His friend Mike Schwartz was filming, and placed this video on YouTube:

He wrote in the commentary:

"So my friend Andi was riding his bike home (sober) 3 blocks in Yaletown late last night without a helmet or light on. He went through a red light at the bottom of Robson and Beatty as there was NO traffic there at all (3 way intersection in front of the Terry Fox Memorial). These cops pull him over, and this is what they do to him. I have a full 10m video, and I'm recommending that Andi presses charges. Please help prevent this sort of stuff from happening again by sharing this video / photos, and asking the VPD to investigate VPD Officer Bhabha #2703."

The officer, who has been put on leave, is now to be questioned over his conduct.

Vancouver police department is already suffering something of a PR disaster following the case of Sandy Davidsen, a disabled woman shoved to the ground by a passing officer on the city's Downtown Eastside.

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What a ridiculous and disproportionate abuse of power. Any police officer who thinks it's okay to punch someone in handcuffs has serious issues.

posted by Campag_10 [153 posts]
30th March 2013 - 14:28

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Canadian police often wear hoodies and beanie hats? If they are in plain clothes I suspect they really DO have something better to be doing.



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posted by bikeboy76 [1434 posts]
30th March 2013 - 14:48

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VPD Officer Bhabha #2703 has a suspiciously English accent....for a Canadian...
Plain Face

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posted by The _Kaner [514 posts]
30th March 2013 - 15:37

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Officer Bhabha's behaviour is unprovoked and reveals a preference to mindless violence. No room in any Police force for someone who can behave like this. He should be prosecuted for criminal assault and sacked from his job in the Force.

Sudor

posted by Sudor [183 posts]
30th March 2013 - 15:47

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CTV is not an American news network ... it's Canadian.

Glad to see it wasn't an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) pulling a stunt like this - shameful. Given it's the Vancouver Metro police force too, the closest this cop will ever come to policing again is probably the mall, if he's found guilty. Can't exactly dispute the video evidence!

He's sounds British too...

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posted by lechatcanadien [3 posts]
30th March 2013 - 15:52

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Why do they even need to be investigated? Here's conclusive video proof of what you have done, here's your punishment. They're just savages who'll do anything to bend the rules and get away with it.

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posted by SpeshRider7287 [75 posts]
30th March 2013 - 16:27

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bikeboy76 wrote:
Canadian police often wear hoodies and beanie hats? If they are in plain clothes I suspect they really DO have something better to be doing.

I believe the officer is a sihk hence the headwear.

As a serving cop myself this is disgusting and has no place in modern day Policing.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
30th March 2013 - 19:15

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Should have hit him with a baseball bat for jumping a red light. Might have persuaded him of the benefits of a helmet too. Devil

posted by paulfg42 [379 posts]
30th March 2013 - 20:44

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I sincerely hope that police doesn't get deported back to these shores !

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posted by OldnSlo [125 posts]
30th March 2013 - 21:41

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I don't know what standard police procedure is but a punch to the head doesn't really seem to be appropriate. But breaking a red light is also not 'OK' and while I'm not defending the cops actions, we should remember that the cop is trying to do his job - not an easy one.

The officer says that he believed the 'suspect' was resisting arrest, and I have to say the 'suspect' does move his arms out of the handcuffs. To be fair to the cop he doesn't attempt to stop the filming and does not seem unreasonable.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1205 posts]
30th March 2013 - 22:47

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Colin Peyresourde wrote:
The officer says that he believed the 'suspect' was resisting arrest, and I have to say the 'suspect' does move his arms out of the handcuffs.

Then surely, a move to restrain the 'suspect' would be appropriate rather than punching him in the face?

If you go back and watch the video again, you'll see that the cop lets go of the guys arm then pauses momentarily before punching him in the face.

Totally uncalled for, unprovoked and flat out assault.

Also, why is he arresting a cyclist for running a red light when usually a ticket is issued?

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posted by zanf [604 posts]
31st March 2013 - 4:14

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Note that the cop tells him to "relax your arms" *AFTER* he punches him. Surely the warning/instruction should come *after* the punch?

posted by Paul J [680 posts]
31st March 2013 - 5:49

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I think the correct punishment for riding a bike without lights through a red light should be a punch in the face. However, it's not this cops job to dish it out.

posted by Jonomc [24 posts]
31st March 2013 - 10:50

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In this country we have whats called the "conflict management model" which is used with basically every situation / incident we attend.

If we have to use violence / force to restrain someone we have to justify why we did it. In this video the cop was not alone and the use of force used by the IP was minimal so in those circumstance i personally would not have needed to use force such as the cop did.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
31st March 2013 - 11:22

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Jonomc wrote:
I think the correct punishment for riding a bike without lights through a red light should be a punch in the face. However, it's not this cops job to dish it out.

So a cyclist that runs a red light should be physically assaulted?

http://youtu.be/Dx_UJxuQGXo?t=21s

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posted by zanf [604 posts]
31st March 2013 - 14:33

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I'm glad I don't get cuffed and punched everytime I run a red light...

@rich22222

posted by rich22222 [135 posts]
31st March 2013 - 14:59

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First, no lights at night, runs a red. Two offences which presumably gets a ticket or two. Why the need to use handcuffs? Silly traffic violation, and should be sanctioned, but the reaction is excessive. It does make you wonder though, if this individual has been dishing out punches before and getting away with it - off camera.

Doc

posted by doc [167 posts]
31st March 2013 - 17:20

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stumps wrote:
In this country we have whats called the "conflict management model" which is used with basically every situation / incident we attend.

Interesting, then, that the London-born officer who dealt out the punch was trained in the UK before moving to Canada.

http://www.btpolfed.org.uk/conf/awards2008b.htm

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8517 posts]
31st March 2013 - 17:50

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
stumps wrote:
In this country we have whats called the "conflict management model" which is used with basically every situation / incident we attend.

Interesting, then, that the London-born officer who dealt out the punch was trained in the UK before moving to Canada.

http://www.btpolfed.org.uk/conf/awards2008b.htm

Simon, it does make you think, he obviously took no notice or does not care. He is an embarrasment to us who try to do our job properly and deserves everything he gets IMHO.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
31st March 2013 - 18:04

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Also, he deserves praise in relation to the award but it does not mean you can have carte blanche in other situations.

There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
31st March 2013 - 18:06

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So let me see this IDIOT is cycling through an urban area late at night with no lights on runs a red light then mouths off to the rozzer, [Akhavan told CTV News in the USA:] “I asked is there better things to be doing than giving tickets."

“I might have used some words I wouldn’t use on TV, but it was in a completely civil manner.”

I don't think he asked and how do you swear at somebody in a civil manner?

Sorry I know this will upset some of the defend the cyclist at all costs brigade, but I think he deserved that and more.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [605 posts]
1st April 2013 - 7:42

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all this fuss over a wee smack in the chops. Obviously never had (or seen) a proper beating from the Police or anyone else.

posted by ConradCyclo [6 posts]
1st April 2013 - 12:45

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Gee, i bet you two would be singing a different tune if it was you.

Completely over the top reaction, the police uphold the law, not break it.

posted by northstar [1112 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 9:53

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Criminal assault by a police officer while another police officer stands by. What a surprise.

posted by Ush [437 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 13:14

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So the cop knows he's being filmed and still punches the guy? He should be sacked for being a moron.

And the cyclist is a moron for jumping a red light, because in breaking the law he's saying it's OK for others to break the law.

I'm a human being, God damn it! My life has value. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.

posted by Carl [136 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 15:50

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The worst part of this is that you write 'CTV News in the USA'. It's Canadian. Don't think the young chap quite deserves the reprimand he received, still, red light jumpers, they ruin it for all of us.

posted by jervais [18 posts]
2nd April 2013 - 16:31

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Vikeonabike 8 minutes ago

Firstly, for a red light/no lights offence a ticket would have been written. So What did he do to get himself arrested? Behaviour? Refused details? He admits to using language he wouldn't use on TV! He could have accepted the ticket and been on his way. If he did not agree with the ticket he could have requested a court appearance. The "Victim" was clearly not "IN" cuffs, he had one arm free. He resisted! A "distraction" strike was used to affect arrest, it would have looked better had it been a slap rather than a punch. You only see the end of the film and not the altercation from beginning to end!That makes a big difference! The officer did not do anything wrong in my humble opinion! Had I been in his position I feel comfortable I could have justified my action!

The time of heroes is dead: the christ god has killed it, leaving nothing but weeping martyrs, fear and shame!

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posted by Vikeonabike [53 posts]
3rd April 2013 - 6:53

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