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Fake News, Real Death!

Fake News, Real Death!

This article was originally published on November 8th, 2017

Absurd, ridiculous, fantasy, fiction, deplorable would be some of the kinder words one could use to describe Ottawa Lawyer Michael Edelson’s  #FakeNews story in an Ottawa court two weeks ago to explain Abdirahman Abdi's fatal encounter with his client, Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion.

Spin is one thing, but Edelson’s characterization of that encounter is the stuff that the people at Ripley’s Believe or Not publish under the heading “Actual Things People Really Said”. Edelson postulated the zinger that Abdirahman Abdi did not die from the brutal blows brought on by his client July 24, 2016, but rather suffered a heart attack  

“This is not a beating that caused the death of Mr. Abdi. Mr. Abdi died of a heart attack. That's what killed him," Edelson said, according to audio transcripts of the October 20 hearing.

Better than Edelson’s crafty fiction of the violent incident was his punchline to the Judge: "And the issue is: did anything my client do [precipitate] that heart attack?" 

Abdirahman Abdi

Let me answer that; YES- your client, Constable Daniel Montsion brutally, viciously, and unnecessarily beat Mr. Abdi.  That’s why he has been charged with three criminal counts including manslaughter, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon in relation to his death. This line of drivel coming from Edelson is a little much and is hard to stomach.  It’s sort of like saying –“a guy jumped out of an airplane and died because his parachute did not open. However, it was not the malfunctioning parachute that killed him, it was the sudden stop.”

Edelson’s fantasy narrative comes on the heels of Attorney General of Ontario, and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi's refusal to account for why he allowed the Crown to go along with Police wishes to not have Constable Montsion appear before a bail judge after he was charged by the SIU with serious 3 criminal counts, including manslaughter.

Naqvi further groveled and did nothing when it was announced that the Ottawa Police Association were selling bracelets to support Montsion as if he and the Police were the victims in this case. The Ottawa Police Services Board, headed by the cerebrally challenged Police Misconduct apologist  Eli El Chantiry and his oxygen deprived board, once again stuck their heads in the sand and did nothing about the bracelets. Fortunately Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau ordered all officers to not wear the bracelets on duty in deference to the complaints from the community.

So, moving forward, Abdirahman’s family will not only have suffered the injustice of the Ottawa Police brutally killing their son and then have watched as their son’s killer was released back into the community without having to appear in court for a bail hearing, watched as the local MPP and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi groveled and acquiesced to Police pressure in the case, watched as the Ottawa Police Association sold racist bracelets to support the officer charged in the death of their son, and watched as the court systems came up with a trial date almost 3 years after the incident, despite a Supreme Court ruling that set specific timelines for how long it should take criminal matters to come to trial (the 12-week trial remains scheduled to start in February 2019, nearly 3 years after Mr. Abdi's death). Now they must watch as the egotistical lawyer representing the accused further derides their son’s tragic, brutal and violent death by crassly and  shamelessly  framing  the death as a heart attack. Ugh!

This begs the question that even when Montsion is finally convicted, will his lawyer appeal suggesting the trial was held too long after the death of Mr. Abdi thus infringing on Montsion’s charter rights.


We have to protect those Charter rights!

Comments (102)

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A.O March 04, 2019 6:07 pm

Very sad case. Hopefully justice can be served. Proper training on mental health needs to be implemented.

seb February 26, 2019 2:36 pm

This is just awful, not only does the family get to watch the cop go free, but they also have to wait three years for the trial? this just another example of abuse of power within the police, and it shows how it doesn't only happen in the U.S but here as well. What's also terrible is the fact that bracelets were made to defend the officer who clearly beat Mr. Abdi to death. Police officers should suffer the same consequences as anybody who commits those same offences.

Alison Curry February 26, 2019 1:14 pm

I agree with many of the comments I've read so far. This is such a sad story that happened right in our hometown. I hope the police become trained to better handle deescalating situations. The police officers need to better understand mental health and how to evaluate the real risks in a situation. This article really shows how the police officers feel they are entitled to get away with this kind of behaviour.

Curran Allen February 26, 2019 11:25 am

The police need to be better trained to deal with situations as they unfold and to be better trained in terms of communication and deescilating

ND February 26, 2019 11:11 am

What a heartbreaking story right in our hometown. The police are meant to protect the public, not harm them. As a community, we must speak up and demand change from within the system. This story should be used as a reason for better police training on when the use of force is necessary. A helpless individual suffering from mental illness is not a threat to the police, nor the public and the use of brutal force was absolutely unnecessary. I am disappointed and hurt by this story.