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Toronto officer charged with assault after cyclist injured last October

Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 5:28 am EST

The Special Investigations Unit headquarters in Mississauga. CITYNEWS

A Toronto police officer has been charged with assault after a 44-year-old cyclist was injured during an incident last year.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit conducted an investigation into the incident, which took place on Queens Quay just west of Yonge Street around 5 p.m. on Oct. 10.

According to the SIU, Const. Douglas Jason Holmes saw a man on a bicycle apparently committing a traffic infraction. The officer stopped the cyclist and he was placed under arrest.

The cyclist later went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a serious injury.

SIU Director Tony Loparco said there are reasonable rounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence.

Const. Holmes has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and will appear in court on Feb. 14.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Correction: An earlier version of the story said the officer was 44 years old.