Black Lives Matter Disrupts Police Board Meeting
Black Lives Matter protesters briefly shut down the Toronto Police Board meeting, after people hoping to depute on the issue of SRO officers found themselves waiting outside the packed boardroom.
The group, which has seemingly been given powers to bully the Toronto Police, takes issue with uniformed police officers in schools.
BLMTO activist Desmond Cole was threatened with arrest, after he repeatedly shouted demands to remove about 20 police officers in the room and allow that many deputants to come in.
"Why do there have to be 20 police officers instead of the community?" said Cole.
The meeting was to hear deputations from 79 people about SROs – police officers stationed in certain schools. Cole and others say the officers often profile students, and said they have heard reports of officers reporting students to immigration officials.
Concerns were raised about the “normalization” of police in schools and issues raised by the community that schools with officers assigned to them feel stigmatized and profiled must be heard.
Complaints of 'anti-black racism' were voiced as were calls for an end to the program because of the negative impact on some vulnerable students who are often too afraid to speak publicly and dismissed the idea of reviewing the program, saying it amounts to “a dangerous side tactic.”
Black Lives Matter Toronto has been the continued subject of controversy. Its co-founder, Yusra Khogali, has called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a "white supremacists terrorist" and said that white people are "genetic defects" and "sub-human."