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Public hearing ordered into cop's actions

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A public hearing has been ordered into the actions of a Vancouver police officer who's accused of kicking a suspect in the chest while he was handcuffed.

The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner says Const. Jessie Tiwana was involved in the Aug. 15, 2012 arrest of Ryan Felton, who was alleged to have robbed a store and then hijacked a vehicle in an attempt to escape.

The office says it received a video four days later of the police arrest of Felton that allegedly showed Tiwana assaulting the man who was handcuffed behind his back.

The office says the allegation was investigated and adjudicated through the Vancouver police disciplinary process, which determined that misconduct had not been proven.

However, police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe's review of the investigation has determined that a public hearing is necessary because there's reason to believe the finding is incorrect.

The public hearing will be conducted before a retired provincial court judge, though a date has not yet been scheduled.

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