Toronto’s Chief of Police Mark Saunders, along with his command, met with protestors and took a knee on Friday afternoon.
Saunders shared a series of images snapped of the encounter on social media. He captioned the photos, “We see you and we are listening,” and “We have to all stay in this together to make change.”
My Command and I met protesters today and we took a knee. We see you and we are listening. The @TorontoPolice fully supports peaceful and safe protests this weekend and always. We have to all stay in this together to make change. #Toronto #PeacefulProtests pic.twitter.com/XM9Xd64irS
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) June 5, 2020
According to the post, the Toronto Police Service is in support of peaceful and safe protests in the city this weekend, “and always.”
The Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter has said that they are not involved in today’s march or any other demonstration planned this weekend.
Black Lives Matter – Toronto (BLMTO) has NO involvement in the organizing of any of this weekend’s upcoming actions and marches. We believe in Black people mourning, grieving, and protesting however works for them & hope everyone look out & care for each other. #BlackLivesMatter
— Black Lives Matter — Toronto (@BLM_TO) June 5, 2020