Witness 'shocked' by Ottawa Police arrest that sent man to hospital
The SIU is investigating an arrest in Ottawa after the suspect was sent to hospital with unknown injuries.

The Ottawa Police’s “shocking” arrest of a man Sunday morning was “a gross overreaction,” according to one witness.

Shukri Samater said she watched the incident from her bedroom window on Hilda Street in Hintonburg.

She said police deployed what she believed to be pepper spray on her neighbour on the street before handcuffing him and striking him once with a baton.

The Special Investigations Unit said Sunday it is now investigating the incident, after he ended up in hospital in critical condition after suffering “medical distress” during the confrontation.

According to Samater, officers had chased him down after responding to Fairmont Avenue and Wellington Street West around 10:30 a.m., she said.

“He saw the police and he got scared,” she said. “He ran home.”

Police caught up to him outside his apartment building at 55 Hilda St. According to Samater, the officers yelled “Don’t move” at the man three times before subduing him.

Neighbours were yelling at police that he had a mental illness and a language barrier, and couldn’t understand the officers’ instruction, according to Samater.

She said the officers kneeled on the back of his head and told bystanders not to call paramedics.

Samater said there was blood on his head and arms, and he wasn’t resisting.

“That was the most disturbing part of it all, what happened after he was handcuffed,” Samater said. “He was bleeding from the back of his head.”

Paramedics later arrived on scene and tried to resuscitate him before taking him away in an ambulance, Samater said.

Samater said she’s “shocked” by the police response.

“The community knows he’s not well. We try to protect him,” said Samater, who said the man’s name is Abdi. “He didn’t have a weapon, he wasn’t violent.”

The SIU is urging witnesses to call 1-800-787-8529 to assist in the investigation.

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Building for the Levant Fair, held in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine, which finished construction in 1934. x

The Levant Fair was a biennial international trade fair held between 1932 and 1936 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine.  The fair grew from a small exhibition titled “Exhibition and Fair for the Promotion of Goods Made in Israel”, which took place starting in 1914, to a large and international event.  

The fair was organized by local Zionist organizations and represented both Jewish and Arab businesses, produce, manufactured goods, and artists.  In the 1934 Levant Fair, 600,000 people from 30 countries visited the fairgrounds.  Notable attendees to the Fair included the British High Commissioners Herbert Samuel, Herbert Plumer, John Chancellor, and Arthur Grenfell Wauchope as well as the Arab mayor of Haifa, Hasan Bey Shukri, and the president of Lebanon at the time.  The last Levant Fair took place in 1936 and it had a small attendance due to riots in Jaffa that marked the beginning of the Arab Revolt.  This would be the last year of the Levant Fair with continuation of the Arab Revolt and the outbreak of World War II.  Though the fairgrounds have mostly been dismantled, parts of the Lebanese pavilion can still be seen in Tel Aviv today.