A police officer in Lethbridge, Alta., has been charged with assaulting a prisoner in a holding cell.
Const. David Easter is charged with one count of assault, and has been relieved from duty without pay.
Police said on Feb. 9, there was an "altercation" in the police's short-term holding facility between the officer and a male prisoner.
The prisoner was not injured, police said.
After an internal complaint, the Director of Law Enforcement was notified and Lethbridge police's professional standards unit investigated.
The investigation was forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service which recommended the charge of assault.
"In this case I believe exceptional circumstances exist that warrant the relief of duty without pay for the good of the police service and to uphold the public expectation that police officers be held to the highest standards," Chief Scott Woods said in a release on Sunday.
Constable fractured a man's eye socket
It's not the first time the constable, who has been with the service for 22 years, has been charged with assault while on the job.
In 2014, Easter was found not guilty after punching a drunken man in the face during an arrest outside of a nightclub.
Easter had said he acted in self-defence because he said the man was about to punch him.
The man, who testified he could not remember what happened, suffered a fractured eye socket and head injuries after falling to the sidewalk.
Easter is set to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on Nov. 4.
Police said as the matter is now before the courts, the police service will not offer further comment.