The jury that crafted the 39 recommendations coming out of the inquest into the police shooting death of Andrew Loku in 2015 made it clear that racial bias is prevalent across society and needs to be addressed.
"Racism permeates the society and they recognized that," Kingsley Gilliam, one of the founding members of the Black Action Defence Committee, said outside the court building Friday.
Loku, 45, was holding a hammer and walking toward police when he was shot and killed by Const. Andrew Doyle on July 5, 2015.
Doyle and his partner, Const. Haim Queroub, were responding to a call about a man with a hammer threatening to kill someone.
The interaction between the police officers and Loku lasted some 21 seconds before Loku was shot twice.