Ottawa (SD) – On July 24, 2016, 37-year-old Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi was beaten outside of his home in Ottawa, Canada by constables Dave Weir and Daniel Montsion, as he was been arrested. His subsequent death sparked multiple Black Lives Matter protests in the Nation’s capital and the formation of the Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition.
Const. Daniel Montsion was found not guilty of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in a judgment rendered by Justice Robert Kelly of the Ontario Court of Justice. Kelly ruled the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Montsion’s actions caused Abdi’s death.