What The Bulldog Knows On Constable’s Release


Monday was an odd day.

First, we had Ottawa Police Services Chief Charles Bordeleau telling The Bulldog that the Ministry of the Attorney General misspoke to a reporter about where the constable in question was released.

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.

Then in a subsequent email, Bordeleau said the AG’s office did not misspeak.

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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5 thoughts on “What The Bulldog Knows On Constable’s Release

  1. Whether the information provided by the Attorney General’s office is accurate or not, or whether the initial reporter misinterpreted the information provided is a red herring. The issue is that Constable Montsion appears to have received preferential treatment by being released in advance of his hearing from a location other than the courthouse, and did not have to appear in court to hear the charges, and thus avoided the media circus that may have ensued.

    Let’s focus on the actual events, rather than on the questionable competence of the people involved in the communications about the events.


    1. Ron:

      I thought about this as I was dealing with angry police and attorney general staff.

      The SIU should have chosen another course of action though it was working within the limits of the law. Still it was bad optics.

      I’m glad you submitted this. We shouldn’t take our eye off the ball.

      Let’s hope justice will be served.




    2. One other point, Ron.

      I found myself at various points doubting what I was being told.

      You really want to be able to trust the police and the AG’s office.




      1. Ken, I am not discounting the necessity that the AG and police provide the public with complete and accurate information, on a timely basis. That is a vital element in maintaining the trust the public must have in its law enforcement agencies. However, this failure in communication is a derivative of the original problem, notably the apparent poor judgment by one or more individuals that created the appearance of favourable treatment of Constable Montsion. This was especially important for a matter that has a high profile with the public.

        The public needs to trust not just the integrity of communications, but also the judgment of the individuals who comprise the law enforcement agencies. Had better judgment been used, the need to communicate the deviation from the norm would not have arisen.


    3. Anyone familiar with the court house should know how to avoid the circus.
      Hopefully, Constable Montsion actions will be decided at his trial only and not by the actions of the AG Office, SIU, media, etc.


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