Justice For Regis - Not Another Black Life rally and March - May 30, 2020 - Creative Commons Photos Here Later Today - Toronto Christie Pitts Park down Bloor Street to Queens Park / Police Headquarters on College Street
Justice For Regis - Not Another Black Life rally and March - May 30, 2020 - Creative Commons Photos
> What happened
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin.
Thousands of people took part in a rally downtown on Saturday to protest racism around the world and to demand answers in the death of 29-year-old Toronto resident Regis Korchinski-Paquet.
"It's important for me to be here because if I'm not here then who else is?" Sore Sanni, 17, told CBC Toronto at the rally.
"All lives will not matter until black ones do."
The peaceful rally, organized by a group dubbed Not Another Black Life, comes on the heels of high-profile, police-involved deaths in both Canada and the United States. Some of the ensuing protests in the U.S. turned violent.
> What Else Is Happening
- The National Guard was activated in Minnesota, Georgia, Washington and other states on Saturday
- At least 13 cities or counties declared curfews following clashes between police and protesters
- Protests against police brutality in the US goes global
- Police have made nearly 1,700 arrests in 22 US cities since Thursday
- Several reporters say they were targeted while covering the protests
#TorontoProtest > twitter.com/hashtag/torontoprotest
#JusticeForRegist > twitter.com/hashtag/JusticeForRegis
#MinneapolisRiots > twitter.com/hashtag/minneapolisriots