toronto police chief mark saunders
Pride Toronto reiterated that police officers were welcome at the parade so long as they appeared as civilians rather than in an official capacity.
A Black Lives Matter spokesperson said the police are trying to "flip the narrative."
This was a missed opportunity to address the lack of great strides with the black members of the LGBTQ community, and black Torontonians as a whole. Once police make some progress on the"much to do" promise, which means actually working to reduce systemic racism in a real and meaningful way, then they can "decide" to rejoin the Pride Parade.
"It is beyond our comprehension."