No charges for woman who called 911 on Black man in Barrhaven park
Ottawa police say incident has been deemed 'non-criminal'
Ottawa police say no charges will be laid after a white woman called 911 last month complaining about a Black man blocking a popular Barrhaven park trail.
Ntwali Bashizi, 21, had been riding his bike on the Stonebridge Trail along the Jock River when he stopped on the bridge for a short rest.
The Carleton University student told CBC he was listening to music on his headphones when a woman approached and told him he needed to "get off the bridge" and let her pass.
Bashizi said he told the woman there was enough room for her to pass while still maintaining a safe distance under COVID-19 guidelines.
Police later apologized
The woman began taking photos and called police. In a video Bashizi later posted, someone on the woman's phone who identified themselves as an Ottawa police officer can be heard telling him to stop "intimidating" the woman.
In an email Tuesday, an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) spokesperson said the investigation wrapped up last week and the incident had "been deemed non-criminal."
Shortly after the encounter, the OPS apologized for how it had handled the incident, saying the woman's call was "not an appropriate use of the 911 system."
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