NEW|Witness who recorded arrest that left man critically hurt describes emotional toll

A woman who watched and recorded as Ottawa police arrested a man she knew, who was later taken to hospital in critical condition and remains in hospital, says that while she respects the job police do, she believes the situation that unfolded Sunday could have been handled differently.

At about 9:30 a.m., police were called to Wellington Street West and Fairmont Avenue after receiving reports of groping.

Officers found a 37-year-old man and were involved in a “confrontation” with him outside a building at 55 Hilda St. a few blocks away, according to Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit.

Sources told CBC News the officers used a baton and pepper spray.

During that confrontation, the man suffered “medical distress,” the SIU said.

A cellphone video recorded by resident Nimao Ali at first shows the man — identified by his family as Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian of Ottawa — lying on the sidewalk on his stomach, handcuffed and bleeding, while an officer held him to the ground using a knee.

Then, Abdi stops moving

Read More: CBC

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