Ontario provincial police have charged a Barrie police officer in connection with a violent arrest that was caught on video in February.
Police said the arrest of a 20-year-old man from Barrie happened on Feb. 4 on Dunlop Street East.
In the video, which was circulated on social media, the officer is seen struggling with a 20-year-old man on the ground, and holds what appears to be a stun gun to his shoulder, threatening to “light (him) up.”
The officer then hits the man on the head with the bright yellow device.
The cellphone video, shot by a bystander, ends after a second police officer arrives and helps flip the man on his stomach to be handcuffed.
The following day, Barrie’s police chief asked the OPP to conduct an independent investigation into what led up to and occurred during the incident.
In an update to the investigation by the OPP Professional Standards Unit, police said Const. Jason Stamp, 46, has been arrested and charged with assault and assault with a weapon. He has been suspended from duty with pay.
Const. Stamp is scheduled to appear in court on June 7.
“The need for transparency in policing is critical. The Barrie Police Service holds all its members to the highest level of professionalism. I thank the OPP for conducting a thorough and detailed investigation,” Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood said in a statement.