For immediate release
March 22nd 2016
OTTAWA – On Monday March 21st, members of Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLM-TO), Toronto students, children, and other community members were met with police violence after peacefully protesting in front of Toronto Police Headquarters. They were demanding the release of the names of the officers who shot and killed Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby, a review of the Special Investigations Unit with consultation by families victimized by police, and a reversal of recent city mandated changes imposed on Afrofest.
“The continuous criminalization of Black bodies by police, from carding policies to the death of both Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby, is notorious in Toronto. However, we know this is not isolated to one city – it exists here in Ottawa, and across the country,” said Vanessa Dorimain, VP University Affairs at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO).
Despite the removal of the group’s tents, the peaceful protesters continue to be out after 48 hours of demonstration in downtown Toronto. Black Lives Matter TO is a coalition of Black Torontonians working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence.
Nicole Maylor, VP Equity of the SFUO, stated: “The actions of the Toronto police last night have shown that even on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the police have been and continue to be anti-black. This is what injustice looks like.”
The SFUO stands in solidarity and support with Black Lives Matter – Toronto as they continue to protest the anti-black racism perpetuated by the Toronto Police Service.
The SFUO is Local 41 of the Canadian Federation of Students and represents more than 35,000 undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa.
For further information:
Vanessa Dorimain: 613-562-5800 x4074