Monday was an odd day.
Bordeleau said at first that the AG’s office had told the media the constable was released at the OPS Elgin Street station when in fact he had been released at the OPP detachment in Kanata.
For its part, the AG’s office said on Monday the constable had been released by the Special Investigations Unit in Kanata and that many SIU officers are former police investigators but former members of the police do not investigate their former police services. Bordeleau said as well that many SIU officers are former police investigators.
So here is what The Bulldog knows. Const. Daniel Montsion, who has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Abdirahman Abdi, was released by SIU officers at the Kanata detachment of the OPP. The OPP was not involved in the release.
Meanwhile many SIU officers are former police investigators but it is unknown if the officers who released the constable were former police officers. SIU officers are working within the law in releasing a person who is charged with a crime.
The usual spokesperson for the SIU was unable to take media phone calls but was available for email questions. The Bulldog does not do interviews by email because it puts the journalist at a disadvantage in that the subject often does not answer the question posed and there is no opportunity for follow-up questions. The Bulldog wants answers, not obfuscation.
That said, officials at the court were confused by the unusual circumstance that Montsion did not make a first appearance.
That is what The Bulldog was able to gleen from some contradictory statements from people involved in this case.
Perhaps in these circumstance the parties involved in the case could agree on a single point of information and that person should have their facts straight and would be eager to resolve any missing information from the reporter’s questions.
As well, The Bulldog has sympathy for the reporter who was trying to make sense of this incident given the official confusion surrounding it.
The Bulldog reiterates that it will write corrections or amend stories if they are necessary … not outside officials. This publication controls what it publishes and strives to obtain correct information.
More than anything else, The Bulldog hopes that Const. Montsion receives a fair trial and when that trial is completed, the various communities that constitute the residents of Ottawa are all satisfied that justice has been well-served.
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