TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne told a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters who marched to the Ontario legislature today that she agrees racism still exists and that it's a very important issue to her.
The activists have been camping out in front of Toronto police headquarters for two weeks, with demands that include an overhaul of Ontario's police watchdog and the release of the name of an officer who fatally shot a man last summer.
Ontario Premier Katheen Wynne speaks to Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Ontario legislature on April 4, 2016. (Photo: CP screengrab)
The Special Investigations Unit recently found that the officer who shot the hammer-wielding Andrew Loku did not exceed the range of justifiable force.
The protesters marched to the legislature today, chanting, "black lives, they matter here" and calling for the premier to come out and meet with them.
Wynne and her security detail waded into the crowd of about 100 people and spoke with two of the organizers, telling them that she wants to arrange a formal meeting.
Last week members of the group went to Wynne's home and left items on her driveway, including a wreath and an invitation to meet.