Racism, bias continue to plague police force, deputy chief says

Speaking at an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal hearing Wednesday, Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal described the culture within the Ottawa Police Service as rife with racism and bias, where it's assumed non-white officers are promoted because of their race rather than their merit.

"There's racism and bias in the department. We have racism and bias today, and no doubt we had in 1995," the year he entered the force, Jaswal testified.

The tribunal is hearing a complaint by Insp. Samir Bhatnagar, who alleges former chief Charles Bordeleau repeatedly denied him a promotion to superintendent, the force's third-highest rank, because of his race.

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