10/05/2011 03:23 pm ET | Updated Dec 05, 2011

Admir Kacamakovic Arrested After Pepper-Spraying Bar Patron

An NYPD officer was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a bar patron with pepper-spray in July 2008.

According to authorities, Admir Kacamakovic was on duty and in uniform when he approached and illegally handcuffed a man who was in a dispute with Kacamakovic's cousin, the owner of the bar where the incident took place.

Kacamakovic then told the man "no one f***s with my cousin's place." A second person was also pepper-sprayed.

Later, Kacamakovic allegedly used police computer databases to hide information on the victim.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch spoke on the abuse of power by saying Kacamakovic, "allegedly turned his back on his oath to protect and serve, instead used his badge and his authority against a citizen and our system of justice."

Kacamakovic is being charged with a violation of civil rights and faces up to 17 years in prison. The 31-year old police officer is a seven year veteran of the police department.

The arrest coincides with current accusations from outraged media, activists, and City Council members who say NYPD officers have been reacting with unnecessary force towards Occupy Wall Street protestors. The wave of criticism was catapulted after two videos showing Officer Anthony Bologna allegedly using pepper spray on female protestors surfaced.