The ten-second video doesn’t show much, just a quick shot of one Toronto police
officer, then a second, who then reaches up to slap away the cellphone camera.
But the brief video recording captured the crucial part of Abdi Sheik-Qasim’s
exchange with Toronto police Consts. Piara Dhaliwal and Akin Gul — enough for an
Ontario judge to rule Sheik-Qasim had been assaulted by Toronto police, not the
other way around.
Abdi Sheik-Qasim poses on Sept. 22 with his
new mobile phone and the video from his police assault. Sheik-Qasim used his
phone to record a crucial part of his interaction with two Toronto police
officers, which ended with Qasim facing a charge of assaulting a police officer.
He never got his phone back after his arrest but the video was uploaded anyhow. (ANDREW
FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO
“It saved my life, or at least a lot of headaches,” Sheik-Qasim,
32, said in an interview. Without it, “I would have probably been in jail
But the exonerating video almost didn’t make it into the
In a development Ontario Court Justice Edward Kelly called
“extremely troubling,” Sheik-Qasim’s phone went missing soon after he was
charged with assaulting an officer and his belongings were confiscated by
police. His phone has not been seen since.
While in detention, Toronto police booking video had recorded
him asking about the whereabouts of his cellphone, “quite agitated and
upset,” Kelly noted. When Sheik-Qasim was released from detention and still
could not retrieve his phone, he was angry, knowing it had recorded the
It was only when he arrived back home that Sheik-Qasim
realized he had enabled a function on the phone that automatically uploaded
video files to his Google account. The recording was waiting for him when he
checked his email.
“I almost had a heart attack. I was jumping up and down,”
Sheik-Qasim said. “You cannot understand how happy I was.”
Neither Dhaliwal and Gul could be reached for comment
Tuesday. Toronto police confirmed the officers are now being investigated by
the force’s Professional Standards division.
The encounter occurred on the night of January 4, 2014, when
Dhaliwal and Gul arrived at the apartment of Sheik-Qasim’s uncle to
investigate a noise complaint. Sheik-Qasim had answered the door, explained
his uncle had stepped out and turned down the music. He supplied his
identification to the officers, who ran his name through a police database
and determined he was not wanted on any outstanding warrants.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Welcome to the real world of Ontario's rotten cops where fabricating evidence is
all part of the job.
Ottawa Ontario is also famous for having the worst of worst of
the criminal world,
except they are Ottawa prosecutors, Ottawa Police and the worst
of the worst, the Ottawa Children's Aid Society orchestrating "cover ups".
As in the case above, it is one corrupt official after another
protecting the prior official who did something criminal.
Van T. Nguyen No. 952 fabricated evidence, and to protect
him, Samuel Wayne Smith No. 880 did the same. Then knowing that the other two
officers fabricated evidence,
Der Zander No. 1639, did the same.