2 officers under investigation in death of Ottawa man identified

By Paul Cote Jay | CBC News
July 26, 2016

The two Ottawa police officers under investigation after the death of an Ottawa man following an arrest have been identified as Const. Daniel Montsion and Const. Dave Weir.

Abdirahman Abdi, a 37-year-old with mental health issues, was taken to hospital on Sunday after what witnesses described as a violent arrest. He died on Monday.

Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is handling the investigation into Abdi’s death, which could take months. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

The SIU said the investigation is focusing on two police officers and that it intends to interview five witness officers.

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Group calls for thorough investigation

The National Council of Canadian Muslims released a statement Tuesday calling for a thorough investigation of the arrest.

“The community we’re hearing from here in Ottawa — and across the country — want answers. So it’s really important that the SIU conducts the investigation thoroughly, transparently,” said NCCM spokesperson Amira Elghawaby.

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