Ottawa police are reviewing how officers handled the arrest of a 39-year-old man after CBC News obtained security camera footage that showed police repeatedly striking the man while he appeared to lay prone on the ground.
The short security camera video from May 25 showed three officers arresting the man in the 14th-floor hallway of the Riverview Place apartment building, located at 180 Lees Ave. near the University of Ottawa.
Before being pushed to the ground by police, the man is seen wrapping his arms around his body and bending his head down. One officer's back blocks the camera view of the man except for his sneakered feet, which don't appear to be moving.
The video shows two officers rushing in after one had grounded the man. The second officer to arrive then punches the man, who was lying face down, 15 times, while the third officer attempts to gain control of his legs. The second officer then administers four knee strikes in a span of 24 seconds, the video shows.