Solidarity wristbands to support officer charged in Abdi death causing concern

OTTAWA – A batch of wristbands to show solidarity with a police officer accused of manslaughter is causing some serious concern.

According to the CBC, around 1,200 black and blue silicone wristbands were ordered to show support for Constable Daniel Montsion, who is facing charges in the death of Abdirahman Abdi.

The wristbands are being sold to police officers for two dollars, and feature the words ‘united we stand.’

The head of the police union says it’s a show of support for a fellow police officer going through a difficult time.

However, Ottawa’s Community and Police Action Committee worries about the message it sends to the Abdi family and Somali-Canadians in general.