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Ottawa police apologize for handling of 911 call about Black man in Barrhaven park

Ottawa police are apologizing for their handling of a 911 call from a white woman about a Black man she said wouldn’t move out of her way on a popular park trail.

Ntwali Bashizi, 21, was riding his bike on the Stonebridge Trail along the Jock River in Barrhaven on Monday afternoon when he stopped on a bridge for a short rest. He said he was listening to music on his headphones when he noticed a woman standing at the other end of the bridge.


Ottawa lawyer Michael Spratt, who is representing Bashizi, said that although police did not give his client access to the recorded call, they did confirm the woman mentioned his race twice.


Read Idil Mussa’s full article: CBC

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