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A video showing a Vancouver man being hit in the face by a Vancouver police officer is now being reviewed by the department’s professional standards section.

The alleged incident happened Tuesday as Andi Shae Akhavan rode his bike, without a helmet, through downtown Vancouver.

Akhavan says he was stopped by two plainclothes officers and as they began ticketing him, he inquired if they had “something better to do.”

According to Akhavan, that’s when he was handcuffed and punched in the mouth, driving one of his teeth through his lip.

He says his friend caught the entire incident on video.

The police officer can be heard saying to the videographer: “You can watch this, that’s fine, but don’t interfere while I am trying to do my job.”

Akhavan then asked: “Why did you punch me?”

The officer replied in a polite English accent: “Because you were resisting. I tried to put…

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