A scheduled Toronto Police Services Board meeting came to a standstill Thursday after a disruption from the local chapter of Black Lives Matter.
The group is demanding action after a South Sudanese man, Andrew Loku, was shot to death by police earlier this month.
At today's meeting, members of Black Lives Matter-Toronto interrupted the proceedings first with a call for a moment of silence for Loku, then with a list of demands.
In addition to the previous recommendations, those demands are:
1. The immediate release of the names of the officer(s) who Killed Andrew Loku.
2. The immediate and public release of the video footage from the apartment complex where Andrew Loku was murdered.
3. A public apology from the Mayor John Tory, Mark Saunders and the Toronto Police Department for their actions and the trauma that they have inflicted on the Black community.
4. The funeral of Andrew Loku to be funded completely by the Toronto Police department.
5. Charges to be laid against the officers who killed Andrew Loku.
6. Monetary compensation for the family of Andrew Loku for the damages caused by the Toronto Police department.
"Andrew Loku's murder by the police is a traumatic experience for Black people in Toronto. We are enraged," said Sandy Hudson, a representative of Black Lives Matter-Toronto, in a statement.
"Andrew Loku was working to provide a better life for his family overseas. He was a former child soldier, a refugee from South Sudan, and described by many as kind-hearted. Where is the justice? "
"We're asking you to take action, or we will."
The meeting was temporarily suspended as at least one protester was reportedly removed from the room.
Meanwhile, as this was unfolding, Mayor Tory tweeted this.
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