Const. Omar Hassan is charged with assault causing bodily harm after man was injured May 12

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Ontario’s police watchdog has charged a London police officer with assault after a man was injured in May.

Police were called to Wellington Road, south of Wilkins Street, for a man standing on the side of the road about 8 a.m. on May 12.

Officers arrested a 60-year-old man who was later released without charges. Later the same day, the man was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious injuries, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said.

On Tuesday, the SIU announced Const. Omar Hassan is charged with assault causing bodily harm.

He’s scheduled to appear in a London court on Sept. 5.

Hassan is the fifth London police officer to be criminally charged this year — four of them by the SIU.

Charges against two of the officers, constables Theresa Clayton and Jeff Lake, were later withdrawn.

Created in 1990, the SIU probes civilian death or serious injury involving police and allegations of sexual assault against officers.

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