Show of Respect for Peaceful Protests

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:16 p.m. June 5, 2020

Chief Mark Saunders and the Command Team met with protesters along Yonge St. Friday afternoon, to acknowledge the important message against racism.

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Chief Mark Saunders and Deputy Chief Shawna Coxon, along with members of TPS Command took a knee alongside protesters

The Command Team took a knee with protesters as a show of solidarity.

Chief Mark Saunders, tweeted from his account:

“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”

Deputy Shawna Coxon notes to all Service members that they are supported by Command if they choose to support the protest movement by taking a knee.

“The Service supports members who choose to take a knee in support of the movement. This is a personal choice so it is up to each member to decide what they want to do,” Deputy Coxon said. “Members will need to consider the operational circumstances and whether the time and place are appropriate to do so.”

Officers followed several moving protests ensuring safety of protesters by redirecting traffic.

People kneeling together on a street
Chief Mark Saunders tweeted about taking a knee alongside protesters
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