Ottawa, ON — Following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President of the National Police Federation, in response to the Ottawa Police Service’s findings re a Clyde River/Kanngiqtugaapik, Nunuvut civilian death:

Any loss of life during a police response is tragic and an absolute last resort for our Member officers. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Abraham Moses Natanine, also with the Members involved.

That said, our Members have a responsibility to uphold the law and to protect the public and themselves. Following a thorough external investigation, involving interviews with ten civilians and three involved officers, the Ottawa Police Service concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer committed a criminal offence in connection with his death on May 5th, 2020.

We thank our Members for putting their lives on the line whenever they are called to do so, and for carrying out their duties professionally and appropriately.

About the National Police Federation:

The National Police Federation (NPF) was certified to represent ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019. The NPF is the largest police labour relations organization in Canada; the second largest in North America and is the first independent national association to represent RCMP Members.

The NPF is focused on improving public safety in Canada by negotiating the first-ever Collective Agreement for RCMP officers, and on increasing resources, equipment, training, and other supports for our Members who have been under-funded for far too long. Better resourcing and supports for the RCMP will enhance community safety and livability in the communities we serve, large and small, across Canada.

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Fabrice de Dongo
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