Sadness, outrage after officer acquitted in Abdirahman Abdi’s death

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Supporters of Abdirahman Abdi — a Somali-Canadian man who died after a violent arrest by two Ottawa police officers in 2016 — reacted with a mixture of sadness and outrage after one of the officers was acquitted of all criminal charges Tuesday. 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. “Today was nothing short of catastrophic,” said Farhia Ahmed, the outgoing chair of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, a grassroots group of activists and community members formed in the days following Abdi’s death.