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Black Lives Matter demands Toronto police apologize for Andrew Loku's death

07/13/2015 04:25 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT
A community organization wants the city and its police force to be held accountable for the fatal police shooting of Andrew Loku.

Toronto's Black Lives Matter coalition, a group "working in solidarity with communities seeking justice from state-sanctioned violence," according to its Facebook page, issued a list of demands to Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders on Monday in response to Andrew Loku's death.

Loku was shot by police on July 5 at an apartment complex near Rogers Road and Caledonia Road when he refused to comply with demands to drop a hammer, then reportedly approached the officers.

Black Lives Matter says Loku, a 45-year-old man from South Sudan, was distressed at the time of the incident and was not a threat to the officers. 

"Andrew Loku's murder by the police is a traumatic experience for black people in Toronto," said Black Lives Matter representative Sandy Hudson in a news release. "We are enraged."

The group is calling for charges to be laid against the officers involved in the shooting. It also wants the officers to be identified, and video footage of the incident to be made public.

The demands, which the oganization wants fulfilled by Wednesday afternoon, also include monetary compensation for Loku's family and public apologies from the mayor and police chief.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) — an independent civilian law enforcement agency that investigates cases of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving police — is looking into the incident. The SIU's probe also limits what Toronto police can say about the incident. 

However, Mayor John Tory's office has already commented on the case.

The mayor's office issued the following statement Monday:

The SIU said its investigation into Loku's death is ongoing.

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