According to police reports, Abdi allegedly threatened four police officers with a kitchen knife. The cops said they were attempting to arrest him and bring him to a local psychiatric center. Witnesses to the shooting said Adbi had no knife.
According to the Associated Press, neighborhood residents who gathered shortly after Abdis killing confronted the police, screaming Cold-blooded killers! More cops arrived to break up the protest.
Columbus police officials have sought to rationalize the killing by saying that the cops involved lacked training in dealing with mentally ill suspects.
Maryam Warsame, who joined the December 30 demonstration, told reporters: Is it because of their color? Is it because of their language? Is it because of what? Why did he have to lose his life? This man needed help.
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