Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau on OPS Cst. MONTSION Charges in Abdi Death MARCH 6, 2017

OTTAWA ONTARIO – Ottawa Police Chief  Charles Bordeleau issued a statement after the charges were laid against Cst Daniel Montsion in the Abdirahman Abdi death.

Statement by Chief Charles Bordeleau/ Déclaration du chef de la Police d’Ottawa Charles Bordeleau

Earlier today we learned that the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) laid charges under the Criminal Code against a member of the Ottawa Police Service in relation to the death of Abdirahman Abdi.

I am not permitted to comment on details with respect to SIU investigations and the ensuing criminal process. It is important that we remain patient and respectful of the judicial process that is now underway.

What I can say is that the officer involved, like any member of the community going through a similar process, deserves to be treated fairly. 

I know that the death of Mr. Abdi has been very difficult on his family and our entire community. 

We continue to work with the community to build on relationships of trust and confidence. 

Mr. Abdi’s death has also been difficult for the membership of our police service.

Our members are professional and they care about this community. They respond to calls for service from the community with the goal of helping those involved. It is a difficult job and they have my support and the support of the Executive Command and all Senior Officers. 

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