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Abdirahman Abdi, 37
Ottawa, Ontario
July 25, 2016

Agencies: Ottawa Police Service Ontario

Last updated: 2 months ago

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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.