Pride says it 'never agreed' to exclude police, as Black Lives Matter slams police for 'pink-washing'

A day after signing a list of demands from Black Lives Matter protesters, Pride Toronto says it never agreed to exclude police from its events.

The activist group presented the list at a sit-in halting the city's massive Pride parade for about 30 minutes Sunday, demanding that Toronto police floats and booths be barred from Pride marches, parades and community events. Their demands also included a commitment to increase representation among Pride Toronto staff and to better support black events during Pride.

On Monday, Pride Toronto said in no uncertain terms it did not agree to bar police from the festival.

"Pride Toronto never agreed to exclude police services from the Pride parade... We have had, and will continue to have, discussions with the police about the nature of their involvement as parade participants," the organization said in a statement.


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