Officer reaches human rights settlement with Ottawa police


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An Ottawa police officer who alleged he was the victim of a racist campaign to block him from promotion has reached a settlement in his human rights case against the force.

The Ottawa Police Service confirmed in a statement Monday that the service and Const. Khoa Hoang “have resolved the matter to the mutual satisfaction of all parties concerned.”

The service said that “no further comments will be issued at this time given the confidential nature of the agreement.”

The police board issued a similar statement.

Elie Labaky, Hoang’s lawyer, declined comment on behalf of his client.

While the settlement details are confidential, this newspaper has learned that it included Hoang’s transition from being a sworn officer to being a civilian OPS employee specializing in “partnership and engagement.”

In his human rights complaint, Hoang alleged his superiors subjected him to a barrage of internal investigations and increased scrutiny of his behaviour on past 911 calls in an effort to block a promotion to the rank of sergeant. Those investigations were racially motivated, he alleged.

Hoang was born in Vietnam and raised in Ottawa.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario heard evidence during a single day of testimony in February.

At that hearing, a lawyer for the police service claimed instead that Hoang was under investigation for dodging calls and that fellow officers had raised concerns that he wouldn’t show up on time to back them up in dangerous situations.

The hearing broke for mediation after that first day.

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