ottawacitizen.com
Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition 'outraged' by Ottawa police handling of Pootoogook death
The Facebook comments “betray an utter lack of respect or acknowledgement for the struggles of Indigenous people,” the group said.

A local group seeking justice for Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man who died after a police confrontation last summer, says it is “outraged” by the Ottawa Police Service’s handling of an Inuit woman’s suspicious death and a scandal that has reignited accusations of racism within the force.  

A Facebook account linked to Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar added comments under an Ottawa Citizen article on the discovery of Annie Pootoogook’s body in the Rideau River on Sept. 19.

Pootoogook, 46, was a renowned artist whose drawings chronicling modern indigenous life gave her international recognition and praise, including a $50,000 Sobey Art Award in 2006 and a review in the New York Times which called her work “disconcertingly autobiographical.”

The controversial online comments, which have since been deleted, said her death “has nothing to do with missing or murdered Aboriginal women” and said that “much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”

In light of the social media posts, Ottawa police confirmed an officer was now the subject of an internal investigation brought on by a complaint from Chief Charles Bordeleau. Police have not publicly named the officer.

The Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition released a statement Thursday strongly condemning the comments, saying they “betray an utter lack of respect or acknowledgement for the struggles of Indigenous people.”

The group is also raising concerns that the Ottawa police major crime unit did not initially rule Pootoogook’s death as suspicious.

“The fact that an Indigenous woman found dead in a river, especially in light of the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, was declared at first not to be suspicious is astounding,” the group said in the statement.

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cbc.ca
'Everybody has biases,' Ottawa police chief says about racist comments allegedly by officer
Charles Bordeleau says police can learn to recognize their biases, ensure they don't affect their work

Ottawa Police Chief, basically saying:

“These comments were wrong”. Agreed.

“Everybody has biases”. JFC. Comments like that almost excuses the officers for racist behaviour.

He won’t say that the comments are racist only that people feel that they are (even though they clearly were).

He also says there is no evidence that his force has racist members.

He isn’t suggesting that the officer who made those comments will be fired. Only that he’d look into the legality threshold for what he did.

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Abdirahman Abdi has died. He was brutally beaten by Ottawa Police and was in critical condition in hospital.

More information here:

A Somali man is dead after a violent altercation with Canadian police

#BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForAbdi

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in Helsinki, above, on Helsinki Pride Day, 27 June 2015.  Rainbows in Vienna, 10 June, below:

 (this is a long post ) Vancouver, 17 July:

Baltimore, 8 August:

Buffalo, 3 September:

(Liam sees Harry with the flag)

Montreal, 5 September:

Ottawa, 8 September:

Boston, 12 September:

London, 25 September:

London, 30 September:

Birmingham, 12 October:

Dublin, 16 October:

Dublin, 17 October:

Belfast, 22 October:

Sheffield, 30 October:

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above in Helsinki, 27 June — Helsinki Pride Day. (Also on 27 June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage in all fifty states. “Today,” said Pres. Obama, “we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.”) || #LoveWins

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Mural for murdered transgender women of colour vandalized in Ottawa's centretown
WARNING: images contain language that may be inappropriate for some readers

This was the mural:

This is it after it was vandalized:

A new mural was put up afterwards to replace the vandalism: