Their demands also included a commitment to increase representation among Pride Toronto staff.
|Black Lives Matter Toronto, which was invited by Pride Toronto to help lead this year's parade, brought the procession to a standstill until a list of it's demands were met.|
The activist group presented a list of demands at a sit-in halting the city's massive Pride parade for about 30 minutes Sunday, demanding that Toronto police floats and booths be barred from Pride marches, parades and community events.
|Jenaya Khan says Black Lives Matter opposes floats accompanied by uniformed, armed officers — calling them a stark reminder of the history of brutality.|
A police spokesman said "We're supposed to be celebrating … and now what are we talking about? We're talking about Black Lives Matter and them hijacking the parade to facilitate a political agenda."
|Black Lives Matter protesters were triumphant after getting their list of demands signed, allowing the parade to resume. "We shut it down. We won," the group tweeted.|
Chuck Krangle, a Toronto police constable who is gay, wrote an open letter to the organization that concludes: "Exclusion does not promote inclusion."