Mayor John Tory Pens Letter In Support Of Police After Pride Protest

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Mayor John Tory has written a letter of support to the Toronto Police Association following the Black Lives Matter protest at last weekend's Pride parade.

A statement from the Mayor's office reads: "Toronto Police have had a presence in the parade for more than a decade and we would have serious concerns if they were excluded.

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Members of Black Lives Matter Toronto take part in the annual Pride Parade in Toronto on Sunday, July 3, 2016. (Photo: Mark Blinch/CP)

"The Toronto Police have and continue to make significant efforts under the leadership of Chief Saunders to build bridges with the LGBTQ2S community. As a city, we rely on our police service to keep Pride happy and safe ... and the Mayor believes they must continue to do so going forward."

The statement says Pride Toronto will be meeting with police Chief Mark Saunders later this week.

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter Toronto protesters blocked the Pride parade route for about half an hour.

The parade resumed once Pride's executive director signed a list of demands from Black Lives Matter, including a ban on police floats in future parades.

But Pride Toronto later said it never agreed to exclude police from its events, and that they would continue to have discussions with both sides about police involvement in the parade.

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