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Family of Indigenous man killed in collision devastated, angry with police – CBC

Oct 25, 2023

George Louttit’s sister feels police interactions laced with cultural bias

Amy Louttit was devastated to find out her brother died in what Ottawa police are calling a “fatal collision,” two days after the fact.

“They said it looks like he was hit by something, and then they found him on the sidewalk 20 minutes after he died,” she said. “It was very vague.”

Her confusion transformed to anger after a series of interactions with Ottawa police officers, Louttit told CBC.

It took two days for police to contact the family about her brother’s death, and three days for police to notify the public, which included a request for any dashcam video people might have, she said.

Police have not called the collision a hit and run.

Louttit believes police approached the investigation with cultural bias, saying that officers also assumed her brother was homeless.

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