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VIDEO: Vancouver police cruiser hits pedestrian in Downtown Eastside

Shocking footage has surfaced of a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) cruiser hitting a pedestrian in the city’s Downtown Eastside.

The disturbing video shows the man, who is dressed in dark clothing, hunched over in the middle of East Hastings Street around 3:20 am on Tuesday.

A police vehicle heading eastbound then violently barrels into the man with notable force, which left him hospitalized with serious injuries.

*Warning: This footage contains material that may be distressing to some. Viewer discretion is advised.*

The speed limit along that stretch of road is just 30 km/h, but it’s unclear how fast the officer was going at the time.

While it appears as though the cruiser is in excess of that 30 km/h number, those facts will be determined by a police watchdog investigation.

The Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia (IIO) has confirmed that it is looking into the incident.

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