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Ottawa police chief admits comments posted by officer about Annie Pootoogook were ‘racist’ - APTN

14.10.16

Ottawa police chief admits comments posted by officer about Annie Pootoogook were ‘racist’ - APTN National NewsAPTN National News: Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said comments recently posted online by one of his officers about the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook and Indigenous peoples were “racist.”

Bordeleau said the comments damaged the relationship between the police and the Indigenous community in the city.

“The comments are racist, they don’t reflect the value of the Ottawa police service,” said Bordeleau, during an interview with APTN’s Nation to Nation program which aired Thursday. “They have undone some of the tremendous work that our officers are doing each and every day to build strong relationships with our Indigenous communities.”

The comments were posted by Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar through Facebook in response to an Ottawa Citizen story about Pootoogook’s death. They were posted several days after she was found in the Rideau River on Sept. 19.


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