April 18, 2019 11:36 pm

Police watchdog investigating after cyclist accuses Winnipeg cop of assault

The IIU is investigating after a Winnipeg police officer allegedly assaulted a cyclist.

Joe Scarpelli / Global News

Manitoba’s police watchdog is investigating after receiving a complaint that a Winnipeg police officer allegedly assaulted a cyclist.

The man was cycling home from work around 3 a.m. on April 12 when a police car stopped him and told he matched the description of a wanted man on a bike with a backpack.

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The cyclist says after he refused to hand the backpack over, the officer pepper-sprayed him and threatened him with a baton.

The Independent Investigation Unit says the man suffered no serious injuries.

Anyone who may have seen the incident can call the IIU at 1-844-667-6060.

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