The local Black Lives Matter group gathered Monday night, calling for justice in the deaths of two black men – Jermaine Carby and Andrew Loku.
Black Lives Matter TO is Toronto’s chapter of the larger organization #BlackLivesMatter, a movement fighting inequality stemming from racial profiling.
By 7:30, the group had shut down traffic on Eglinton at Allen Road, backing up traffic. It was cleared by 9:15 p.m.
— Jeremy Cohn (@JeremyGlobalTV) July 27, 2015
The group’s specific demands include:
– The immediate release of the name(s) of the officers that killed Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.
– Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby.
– A confirmation that the police officers who killed Mr. Loku and Mr. Carby are off the streets.
– The immediate and public release of any video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
– A date, no longer than four weeks, confirming when the SIU will conclude an initial investigation.
– Monetary compensation for the families of Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby.
The SIU are investigating both deaths. In the case of Carby, the watchdog agency found the Peel region officer was not at fault, citing that police had feared for their lives and that Carby was wielding a knife.
Carby’s family says they will be filing a civil lawsuit against the SIU and Peel Police. “SIU confirmed that police officers tampered with evidence at the scene, producing the apparent knife that Jermaine had hours after the initial investigations began.” said Yusra Ali, an organizer with Black Lives Matter- Toronto, “How are we supposed to trust a process that tells us over and over again that our lives do not even warrant a trial?”
Loku was killed on July 5th after officers responded to noise complaint. Loku was allegedly holding a hammer, banging on the door of a neighbour’s apartment unit. The SIU is still investigating his death.
— BlackLivesMatter TO (@BLM_TO) July 28, 2015
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