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Somali-Canadian man Abdirahman Abdi beaten to death by Ottawa police.

Protesters in Ottawa marched on the city's police station on Saturday to voice their outrage over the death of a Somali-Canadian man, who passed away on July 24 after a violent arrest by the police.

Ottawa police officials told The Globe and Mail newspaper on Friday that officers responded to multiple 911 calls regarding "multiple assaults" at a local coffee shop. After trying to make an arrest, police say they chased Abdirahman Abdi on foot to a nearby apartment building, where a "confrontation" occurred.

Witnesses told local media that the police used excessive force while arresting Abdi, who is 37-years-old and suffers from mental illness.

Emotional video of the aftermath of the arrest shows Abdi handcuffed and bleeding on the ground while neighbors moan and shout.

Abdi, who is a member of Ottawa's Somali-Muslim community, was brought to a hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

Ottawa's Somali-Muslim community appears furious over the incident. During Saturday's protest, Amran Ali, a member of the Canadian Somali Mothers Association, told police officers that they were "white supremacists."

Two Ottawa police officers, Daniel Montsion and Dave Weir , are being investigated by the Ontario police for their possible role in Abdi's death.

-Hunter Stuart

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