Muslim group pushes for open investigation into Ottawa man’s death after arrest

On Sunday, Abdirahman Abdi had a confrontation with police and was later rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, a family spokesman says.

Toronto Star | The Canadian Press
July 26, 2016

OTTAWA — An Ottawa community is finding itself conflicted over how to respond to the death of a Somali-Canadian man following a physical confrontation with police.

Ray Miron said he has had nightmares about what he saw and heard from the window of his west Ottawa apartment Sunday when 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi was taken down by police officers on a sidewalk across the street.

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Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, called Tuesday for a swift and open investigation into whether racism played a role in the death.

“The protection and preservation of human rights and dignity, regardless of skin colour, religious belief, or any other characteristic, are integral to our collective and individual sense of safety and inclusion,” Gardee said…

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