On 2016; Ontario, Canada Daniel Montison and David Weir respond to a disturbance call at a cafe. A Somalian-Canadian man with a history of mental illness, Abdirahman Abdi was apparently the cause of this call. According to police reports: Abdi resisted and this lead to Weir and Montison to use brute force including pepper spray and police batons.
Abdi was pronounced dead at the hospital that afternoon.
The court didn’t charge Weir with anything, but Montison was charged with Manslaughter and aggravated assault with a weapon, as well as being suspended with pay.
This case is something you’d hear from a Black Lives Matter article of course, and thankfully these kinds of cases have finally begun to be noticed by media and the general public. Unfortunately however, it gets worse.
In response to Montison’s *ahem* situation, people began designing, purchasing, and selling rubber wristbands with the words “United We Stand” imprinted along with Montison’s badge number. These two-dollar braclets has raised over a thousand dollars.
Now you may be asking yourself, “why are people supporting a man who brutally murdered another man”? Well trust me, you’re not the only one.
Unfortunately, the answer is because, well, the murderer was a police officer. People, including courts of law, have gotten used to the idea that cops can do no wrong and only resort to violence if they have to; but unfortunately that just isn’t true. Police officers are human too, they make mistakes and tragically: they’re not susceptible to human emotions like hatred, bigotry, and wrath.
For example: in 2015 alone, police officers killed over 100 unarmed black men and women.
What happened to Abdi is only one tragic piece in a much larger, and depressing puzzle and I’d like to say that people knowing about racial profiling and other acts of racism has made a difference: but the fact that Montison got away with this vile act with a simple ‘timeout’ proves that we still have a long, long way to go.
I’m sorry, is your white privilege causing you discomfort?
And that’s not even touching on the bracelets.
Now it is worth mentioning that recently the Chief of Police has banned officers from wearing these disgraceful accessories while on duty. But that doesn’t change how wrong they are.
I mean, look at how much money these bracelets have made. Look at how many people believe that the consequences that Montison is facing are unfair and to strong.
But from where I’m standing, what seems ‘unfair’ is the fact that Abdi was killed violently and humiliatingly. Sure, he wasn’t being a “model citizen” and I may even go as far to say that the police were right to intervene. But nobody deserves what happened to Abdirahman Abdi, and that’s just a matter of human decency.
In my opinion, the money made from selling these bracelets should either be given to Abdi’s grieving family, or to a foundation like Black Lives Matter.