By Jamil Jivani, November 2, 2020
Ottawa’s police chief, Peter Sloly, is no stranger to the crisis of distrust plaguing police departments throughout North America. He has tackled this distrust head-on since his days as deputy chief of the Toronto Police Service, and has been asked to do so again following a not guilty verdict for the officer accused of using excessive force in the death of Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian who suffered from mental illness.
On Monday, Sloly was asked about the verdict. He remarked, “We are listening, learning and changing. We will support our service members and our community members through these changes.”