Toronto po­lice won’t march in Pride pa­rade

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

TORONTO — In an ef­fort to quell an on­go­ing con­tro­versy around po­lice pres­ence in Canada’s largest Pride pa­rade, Toronto’s po­lice chief an­nounced Fri­day that his force would not be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­nual event this year. Chief Mark Saun­ders pointed to di­vi­sions within the LGBTQ com­mu­nity as the pri­mary rea­son for his de­ci­sion, but em­pha­sized it “will have no im­pact” on the force’s out­reach ef­forts. “There is a frag­ment within the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and part of that frag­men­ta­tion in­volves us,” Saun­ders said in an in­ter­view. “So by tak­ing us out of the equa­tion, they’ll have a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on what is­sues need to be looked af­ter.” The pres­ence of po­lice in the pa­rade emerged as a con­tentious is­sue when the pa­rade was in­ter­rupted last sum­mer by a protest from the lo­cal chap­ter of Black Lives Mat­ter.

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