Ottawa police officer defends himself against allegations of racism

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An Ottawa police officer says it’s unfair for people to condemn him as a racist simply for discussing race in an online video that is now the subject of an internal police probe.

“It’s crazy to say that because a police officer was talking about race, that it’s racist,” Const. Paul Heffler, a 34-year veteran of the service, said in an interview Friday.

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Ottawa criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt said the video plainly shows Ottawa police officers using racist language. “They’re talking about the white race, white men being replaced, interracial relationships: This is pure racism and it’s the language of white nationalism,” he said Wednesday.

Read Andrew Duffy’s full article: Ottawa Citizen