A suspended Brantford Police Service officer and his younger brother both face assault charges following a fight in the city on Oct. 12.
Officers responded to several reports of four males fighting at the corner of Gilkison Street and Colborne Street West at about 12:15 a.m.
Police say one male, an off-duty Brantford police officer, sustained a large cut to his scalp after being struck with a collapsible baton. He was taken to Brantford General Hospital, where he was treated and released.
A second male received minor injuries.
As a result of an initial investigation, two youths were charged with assault and weapons offences. Police say further investigation led to the withdrawal of the charges laid against the two youths.
On Nov. 20, the 31-year-old officer was charged with one count of assault in relation to the incident. He will appear in a Brantford court in January to answer to the charge.
Police say the officer, who has worked for the Brantford Police Service for 11 months, has been suspended from duty with pay, as required under the Ontario Police Services Act.
A 21-year-old Brantford man, the officer’s brother, is charged with assault with a weapon.
The youths previously charged in relation to the incident were not injured and were not previously known to the brothers, police said.