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Tasered for jaywalking?

An investigation has been ordered into the tackling and Tasering of a Vancouver athlete by police.

Former UBC football player Jamiel Moore-Williams was allegedly taken down for jaywalking on Granville Street in February.

Deputy Police Complaint Commissioner Rollie Woods says the probe was ordered because cellphone video doesn't jive with police accounts of the incident.

“It’s alleged that he choked one of the officers. That’s not evident in what we saw. If there’s more video, we’d like to see it,” Woods told CTV.

The investigation will also look into any excessive force in the takedown.

The personal trainer and former UBC Thunderbird walked in front of a police car to avoid a man throwing rocks. When the officer honked at him, he allegedly flipped the middle finger and was issued a jaywalking ticket.

Police claim he refused to provide ID and put one officer in a headlock. He was Tasered at least five times.

But, cellphone video shows Moore-Williams offering to show his ID before being pushed over.

Moore-Williams faces two counts of obstruction of a police officer in addition to the jaywalking ticket.

The BC RCMP is now investigating the matter.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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