Agencies: Ottawa Police Service Ontario
Last updated: 5 months ago
37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi died Monday July 25, 2016 after a confrontation with several Ottawa police officers after a brief foot chase led to his being handcuffed, bloodied and face down on the pavement. He was dead 45 minutes before he arrived at The Ottawa Hospital trauma centre, a family spokesman says.
Police had been called over allegations of a disturbance at a nearby coffee shop. The subsequent footchase ended at his apartment building at 55 Hilda St., where, witnesses say, police took him down and used pepper spray and batons in a violent arrest that halted and horrified the neighbourhood.
Dozens of people watched from the apartments above as Abdi lay in a pool of blood. Witnesses say no ambulance arrived for more than 15 minutes.