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Ottawa police officer Chris Hrnchiar pleads guilty to discreditable conduct



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Ottawa police sergeant Chris Hrnchiar pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct in court Tuesday and apologized for his actions.

The charges followed an investigation by the professional standards section of the Ottawa police service that found Hrnchiar wrote racist and disparaging comments about Indigenous people after the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook.

Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau river outside downtown Ottawa Sept. 19.

See related stories here: Annie Pootoogook

The comments were posted by Hrnchiar through Facebook in response to an Ottawa Citizen story about her death.

Hrnchiar posted that Pootoogook’s death “could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned, who knows.” He also wrote that” much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”

Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/File

Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/File

In court Hrnchiar faced the public gallery and apologized.

“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely for my actions,” he said, including the ‘Aboriginal’ community. “I am sorry for the hurt I caused.”

The Ottawa police service called the comments “inappropriate” and “racist.”

The force is seeking a demotion in rank, from Sgt to First Class Constable for a period of three months and multicultural training.

The judgment is held over and a decision will be released in a written statement on Dec. 7.

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One Response to “Ottawa police officer Chris Hrnchiar pleads guilty to discreditable conduct”

  1. ron.escalade@sasktel.net'
    poncho November 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    straight talk
    He should be fired, if this was a real commission, he would be. The police investigating themselves again. If the Ottawa police service wanted to do anything they should not have made comments that it was, inappropriate and racist. This is a hate crime, at least fired eh.