a nervous abdi mohamed, an
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty youth organizer, told about 150 people Tuesday night at the 519 Community Centre that he and two friends were harassed by police in the Dixon-Kipling area before a weekend meeting with the group.
Although police at 23 Division have no record of the incident, Mohamed told a tale of anonymous police targeting him because he works with the activists.
"A couple of police officers rolled by and asked us our names. We gave them our names. He repeatedly asked for my name.... He tried a little to intimidate me," Mohamed says.
He maintains that police told him, "If you stick with OCAP, I promise you, young man, you won't have a future."
That OCAP meeting was apparently cancelled after the landlord pulled the room at the apartment building at 320 Dixon. Building management did not return NOW's calls.
At 23 Division, the only record of the incident is the arrest of two other men at the scene of the alleged harassment for failing to comply with their recognizance. (They had prior records and weren't supposed to be together.)