The members of Toronto franchise of Black Lives Matter held a demonstration at the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets this morning in order to protest against death of a Somali-Canadian man, 37-year-old Abdirahman Abdi, who was shot dead in Ottawa last month after an incident with police. According to a video posted on Twitter, the demonstrators included many holding signs and banners calling for justice for Abdi.
One of the organizers of the protest, Hashim Yussuf, revealed that the group demands that the officers involved in Abdi’s death be charged. Abdi death was caused by an alleged violent arrest outside his apartment building in Ottawa in July. The incident is currently under investigation by the SIU.
In his remarks, Yussuf stated that “the demands from Black Lives Matter and the larger black community in general are basically to hold accountability for the death of Abdirahman Abdi and for the murder and how the Ottawa police, the Ottawa hospitals and the paramedics all corroborated with the Special Investigations Unit.” He stressed that “we’re calling for immediate charges on the Ottawa police officers who killed Abdirahman Abdi. We’re calling fot the Special Investigations Unit to start collecting and releasing race-based data across the province. We’re calling for the Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins, to start an investigation into how the Ottawa hospital and Ottawa paramedics collaborated with the Special Investigations Unit and with the Ottawa police to withhold information about Abdirahman Abdi’s time of death.”
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