An RCMP corporal faces assault charges related to the arrest of a 26-year old man south of Edmonton.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team investigated the circumstances surrounding the November 2017 arrest by Mounties in Nisku, Alta.
Officials say Cpl. Peter MacMillan entered a gas station, where a confrontation happened when he placed a man under arrest for possession of stolen property.
MacMillan, who has 16 years of service with the RCMP, is alleged to have hit the man with a pair of handcuffs.
The man suffered serious injuries that included a facial fracture.
ASIRT forwarded the results of its investigation to the Crown prosecutors office, which charged the officer with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon — handcuffs.
MacMillan is to appear in Leduc provincial court on Feb. 28.
RCMP say an internal code of conduct review is also being conducted.
MacMillan has been suspended with pay and will remain off-duty until the internal process and all criminal charges have been resolved.
The Canadian Press