Black Lives Matter Statement
Over the last week, Toronto has seen an outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Their protest has continued to grow, and their message is clear: something has to change.
It is clear that police interactions with racialized and marginalized communities, in particular the black community, can be unjust and excessive – this must stop.
A new approach to policing must be examined, and reports of police misconduct and mistrust between enforcement and the communities they serve must be addressed.
To aid this discussion, I will be supporting Councillor Layton and Councillor Wong-Tam's motion asking the Province to review how police services are delivered, including the Special Investigations Unit.
Enforcement and trust within communities they serve must go hand-in-hand. Neither can succeed without the other. If we are to build a safer and fairer city and province, we must openly discuss and confront racism.
Confronting and challenging racism is the responsibility of all of us, every day, in our institutions, in our Council Chambers, in our police services, and in our homes. Indeed, black lives matter.