TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto's Black community and its allies are outraged over yet another Grand Jury's decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo in the violent death of an unarmed Black man, Eric Garner. Concerned members of the community will hold a demonstration and march today (December 13, 2014) at 12:00 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square.
"Across the world, Black folks and our allies are fed up with decisions like these," said Jay Khan, one of the demonstration's organizers. "But this protest is not just about what's happening in America. In September, Jermaine Carby was murdered by the Peel Regional police and we are still waiting for answers. There is a well-documented history of racial profiling here in Toronto, which has yet to be adequately addressed."
Organizers have released a list of demands to the City of Toronto, which include implementing the recommendations made by the Community Assessment of Police Practices (CAPP, available here) and implementing disciplinary measures for all police officers that use excessive force and participate in racial profiling.
As part of the demonstration, Black Torontonians are sharing their experiences with anti-Black racism on social media through the hashtag #AliveWhileBlackTO.
"We are coming together as a community that has reached its breaking point," said Pascale Diverlus, a rally organizer. "Daniel Pantaleo walking free confirms for Black people that our lives simply do not matter to decision-makers.We are fed up with seeing our families and friends gunned down by police. Enough is enough."
The protest is organized by Black Lives Matter Toronto, a coalition of concerned Black community members, activists, students, youth, and professionals from all parts of the city.
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SOURCE: Black Lives Matter Toronto
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