Statement from the Ottawa Police

Posted On Thursday June 04, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 4th, 2020   10:55am

 (Ottawa) – On Friday, there will be a peaceful march in honour of George Floyd that will happen in our downtown core, starting at 3 p.m. at Parliament Hill

We respect the rights of our residents and community members to speak out when they see injustices and we understand the community’s deep pain and frustration. Our role is to provide a safe space for people to grieve and be heard. 

The safety of the participants, all members of the community and our members remains our priority.  Road closures will be in effect and we will be managing impacts to traffic. 

You may see some of our officers wearing a surgical mask, or other Personal Protection Equipment, as recommended by Ottawa Public Health in the event they are unable to maintain physical distancing. Your safety is important and we need to recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over. We are speaking with the police liaison for the No Peace Until Justice to help ensure PPE is available to participants. As part of their COVID-19 protection equipment Ottawa Police are also provided gas mask, which they will be carrying with them.  

As the Nation’s Capital, Ottawa is the seat of democracy for the rest of the country; the voices and ideas of those who live here should be heard and shared. 

Public safety is a shared responsibility. We are working with organizers and all stakeholders to enable a safe, healthy and positive event. 

You have a right to be heard. And we will support that right by ensuring your safety. 

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