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New West officer guilty in assault of Surrey newspaper delivery man

Const. Jeffrey Klassen (left) was found guilty in Vancouver Provincial Court on Tuesday for the 2009 assault of Surrey delivery person Firoz Khan (right).  -
Const. Jeffrey Klassen (left) was found guilty in Vancouver Provincial Court on Tuesday for the 2009 assault of Surrey delivery person Firoz Khan (right).
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A New Westminster police officer has been found guilty of assaulting Surrey resident Firoz Khan two years ago.

Const. Jeffrey Klassen was charged with assault and possession of stolen property after an attack on Khan in January of 2009, while Khan was delivering newspapers outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.

The guilty ruling was made in Vancouver Provincial Court on Tuesday.

Klassen, a use of force instructor at the Justice Institute that trains municipal police in B.C., argued his actions were consistent with his training.

Klassen, Delta Const. Blair Tanino, West Vancouver Const. Griffan Gillan, Sportsnet reporter Dan Murphy and former WWE wrestler Mike Roselli were bar-hopping along Granville Street for several hours before the incident.

Klassen admitted to drinking between nine and 11 beers over the course of roughly eight hours the night of the incident, but testified it was a "typical pattern" of drinking for him.

Klassen is the second officer to be convicted in the assault.

Gillan, who had consumed more than 20 drinks that night and said he couldn't remember the beating, earlier pled guilty to the assault and received a 21-day conditional sentence.

Khan has also filed a civil suit against Klassen, Gillan and Tanino, claiming the attack was racially motivated and left him with a brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

- with files from CTV News

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