Toronto carding protest draws link with Baltimore uprising

Update: see previous post – April 17, 2015 Carding policy passed by Toronto police board, despite lingering concerns

Protest organizer says police brutality an issue in Canada

Gray died on April 19/15 after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody a week before. His death sparked protests against police in Baltimore, which later spread to major cities nationwide. Court documents said Gray was arrested after running away from police. Six police officers have been charged as a result of the death.
Gray died on April 19/15 after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody a week before. His death sparked protests against police in Baltimore, which later spread to major cities nationwide. Court documents said Gray was arrested after running away from police. Six police officers have been charged as a result of the death.

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A vocal group of protesters criticized the police practice of carding outside the Toronto Police Service headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds of protesters joined the event, where speakers shared their personal experiences with carding and other interactions with the police. Organizers also spoke about the importance of standing in solidarity with protesters in Baltimore, where there have been days of unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.

“These issues are connected,” said organizer Lena Peters.

“Police violence, state violence and police brutality affect black people and people in Canada all the time.”

The protesters marched to the American consulate on University Avenue following their demonstration at police headquarters.

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