The family of a high school student charged with assaulting an Ottawa Police Service officer is calling for an independent investigation into the officer's actions and whether they represent a systemic problem with how the force deals with black youth.
Teen who brawled with officer was defending himself, family says
The family will be filing its request with the province's police watchdog, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).
Their request comes after their 15-year-old son was charged with obstruction of justice, theft, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer following a Tillbury Park fight on April 29.
The teen was suspended 20 days from his high school, a suspension that could lead to expulsion, and his parents are worried his life will be destroyed.