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Special Investigations Unit charging Ottawa police officer after 2018 incident

Constable Liban Farah was patrolling the ByWard Market when he reportedly became involved in an interaction with a 24-year-old man. 
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Cst. Liban Farah (policehero.ca)

An Ottawa police officer is facing charges, including assault, after an investigation by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit. 

On May 9, 2018, Constable Liban Farah, 33, was patrolling the ByWard Market when he reportedly became involved in an interaction with a 24-year-old man. The SIU says the man was arrested and taken to hospital with a serious injury. 

As a result of their investigation, the SIU has charged Cst. Farah with one count of assault and one count of obstruction of justice. 

The officer has been with the Ottawa Police since 2014 and was nominated for a Police Services Hero of the Year award in 2018. Cst. Farah was nominated for being one of the first responders on the scene of a shooting in the ByWard Market in December of 2017. He was credited with saving the victim's life by stopping the bleeding until paramedics arrived. 

Cst. Farah will be in court on September 3 to answer to the SIU charges. 

Ottawa police officials say he will be limited to administrative duties, not suspended.




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