March 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Scene: Black Lives Matter Protest
Hundreds protested in front of 40 College Street to protest the policing of Toronto's Black residents.
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374327 Drummers set the beat for the protest. https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010798-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010798.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010798.jpg 640 480  https://torontoist.com/2016/03/scene-black-lives-matter-protest/slide/p1010798/ p1010798 0 0
Drummers set the beat for the protest.
374328 Through calls and responses, protestors chanted "Black lives matter." https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010809-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010809.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010809.jpg 640 447  https://torontoist.com/2016/03/scene-black-lives-matter-protest/slide/p1010809/ p1010809 0 0
Through calls and responses, protestors chanted “Black lives matter.”
374326 A "Black Lives Matter" banner provided a backdrop to musical performances and speeches. P1010796 https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010796-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010796.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010796.jpg 640 408  https://torontoist.com/2016/03/scene-black-lives-matter-protest/slide/p1010796/ p1010796 0 0
A “Black Lives Matter” banner provided a backdrop to musical performances and speeches.
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374332 A handful of officers observed from the sidelines as the protest filled the entrance to police headquarters at 40 College Street. The crowd eventually spilled onto the street. P1010771 https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010771-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010771.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010771.jpg 640 387  https://torontoist.com/2016/03/scene-black-lives-matter-protest/slide/p1010771/ p1010771 0 0
A handful of officers observed from the sidelines as the protest filled the entrance to police headquarters at 40 College Street. The crowd eventually spilled onto the street.
374331 Among the signs at the protest were "Justice for Andrew," "I've met God and she's Black," "Asians in solidarity with Black lives," and this one. P1010772 https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010772-100x100.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010772.jpg https://torontoist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/P1010772.jpg 640 459  https://torontoist.com/2016/03/scene-black-lives-matter-protest/slide/p1010772/ p1010772 0 0
Among the signs at the protest were “Justice for Andrew,” “I’ve met God and she’s Black,” “Asians in solidarity with Black lives,” and this one.
WHERE: Police Headquarters, 40 College Street
WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 4:30 p.m.
WHAT: Hundreds of supporters filled the square in front of police headquarters on Saturday in support of Black Lives Matter Toronto. The sound of drums and music could be heard long before the protest could be seen, and the crowd regularly chanted, “ Black lives, they matter here!” The Black Lives Matter Toronto tent city is focused on a number of demands, including revealing the name of the police officer who killed Andrew Loku, an overhaul of the Special Investigations Unit that oversees the use of force by police, and an end to carding. The Black Lives Matter protest has now been camped out for almost eight days.
Photos by David Hains