Edmonton officer charged after Indigenous man violently kneed during arrest

An Edmonton police officer has been charged with assault following a violent August 2019 arrest, captured on video, in which an officer walks up to an Indigenous man under arrest and drives his knee into the prone man's back.

Edmonton Police Service said in a news release Tuesday that Const. Michael Partington, a four-year member, has been charged with assault in the incident involving Elliot McLeod. Partington has been removed from duty without pay.

In an exclusive interview with CBC News late Monday afternoon, McLeod said the officers subsequently took him down a side street and assaulted him twice while he was handcuffed, at one point with a bag over his head.

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