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Ottawa police investigating TikTok video featuring officers talking race

A video involving three officers has gone viral this week, prompting the Ottawa Police Service's Professional Standards Unit to launch an investigation.
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

The Ottawa Police Service said it is aware of a viral video featuring members of the service engaging in racial rhetoric.

In a statement to CityNews Ottawa on Wednesday, Ottawa police said there is an active Professional Standards Unit investigation regarding the video, which is featured on TikTok.

The video shows three white officers standing near a car in a garage discussing the topic of race.

“Our days are done — white man’s days [are] done,” one officer said.

Another replied, “He’s probably right. Oh, I think he is right, yeah yeah. You’re onto something.”

“Well if it’s true, the uh, even the population of North America — we’re [white men] the minority, I think, at this point."

One of the men then said, “I told my son he can find a Chinese or an Asian girl if he wants to stay in a mixed — get your foot in the door.”

The identities of the men have not been made public, nor are they clear on the video — which was also posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

“Regardless of the intent, the comments expressed in the video have negatively impacted community members and service members,” an OPS spokesperson said. "The comments are offensive and they have further eroded public trust as well as internal morale.”

The statements made by the group of officers, the spokesperson added, are not consistent with the values of the OPS.

“They have no place in the policing profession.”

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