On Sunday July 24th, 2016 Ottawa Police Service Officers effected an arrest of Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian, who family members have stated suffers from mental health issues.
Independant eye witness accounts include statements describing an officer delivering “a number of very heavy blows to the head and face” and “In my entire life, I have never seen anything similar to the way they beat him with such malice, animosity and hostility. They simply didn’t want him alive, they wanted him dead.”
With these facts, you would think it a straighforward SIU investigation, however, confidential sources have confirmed Abdi’s cause of death was excited delirium and not the assault. A medical condition I have been unfortunate enough to witness first hand.
What has not been made clear by the SIU, OPS or OPS union is the reason for Abdi’s arrest and I would hope the legality of his detention plays a substansive part in the SIU investigation. After addressing obvious excessive use of force issues that arguably contributed to Abid’s death or even been the sole reason for it, why did 15 minutes pass for Abdi to receive assistance from Paramedics when two CPR trained first responders were already on scene?