Toronto: Ryerson University student Zidane Mohamed praises NYPD killings on Facebook
- Updated 3:57 pm, January 30th, 2015
- 3:27 pm, January 30th, 2015
TERRY DAVIDSON | QMI AGENCY
TORONTO – A Ryerson University student running for a position with the school’s student union is coming under fire for reportedly condoning the recent killing of two police officers in New York City.
The university’s flagship newspaper, the Ryersonian, reported on its website Thursday it had obtained a screenshot of the personal Facebook page belonging to Zidane Mohamed, who is running as part of the Unite Ryerson campaign to be Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) new vice-president of education.
“Is it bad of me that I applaud the killing of two cops in NYC?” Mohamed asks in a post shown in the screenshot posted on ryersonian.ca.
A respondent replies: “Yeah it is, despite any political convictions you may have, to ‘applaud’ something like this is morally abhorrent.”
On Dec. 20, New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and partner Rafael Ramos were ambushed by a gunman who had used social media to talk of taking revenge on law enforcement for recent police shootings in the U.S. of young black men.
According to the Ryersonian, Mohamed had also made comments condoning the gunman’s action the day the officers were shot.
Mohamed allegedly made these comments before declaring his candidacy in the upcoming union elections.
When Mohamed was approached by the Ryersonian about the comments on Wednesday, he reportedly said the remarks in an emotional reaction to his own experience of being racially profiled.
“The killing of all these innocent black people was very hard for me because I also suffer from racial profiling,” Mohamed told the student newspaper.
“I categorically, unequivocally, condemn the use of violence in any situation and the harm of innocent people.”
A Ryerson University spokesman was not immediately able to comment on the postings, nor was an official with the RSU.
Mohamed has not responded to an interview request from QMI Agency.
Polls for the election at Ryerson open Feb. 9 and close Feb. 11.