CN: Police Brutality, Violence against Black and Disabled people,
Yesterday a black man with a cognitive disability was accosted and then violently beaten by cops. These days, it seems like every day brings a new story along these lines, except this time, it happened in Ottawa, Canada.
We unfairly and unjustifiably pride ourselves on being better here in Canada. I’ve even had angry people messaging me telling me I am being unfair and spurious in claiming that racist police violence happens here.
They had 5 cops against 1 man.
He was on the ground when they beat him with their sticks.
They beat him so badly, he may not live.
They beat him despite people in the area telling them he was disabled.
They beat him because they didn’t see him as human.
This happened in my city. This happened in a neighbourhood close enough to mine to be one I pass by regularly.
We need to start paying attention. We need to get off our fucking high horse and stop patting ourselves on the back, because better than the genocide that is going on in the US isn’t good enough. Because ignoring the genocides going on within our own borders because the body count isn’t going up as quickly as it is in the US, ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH!
WE NEED TO DO BETTER.
This happens in Canada, and turning away and pretending it isn’t happening is the same as condoning it.
UPDATE: Abdirahaman Abdi, the Somali-Canadian man who was violently beaten by cops in Ottawa has died. His brutal assault is now murder. May he rest in power, and may his family get justice for what was done.