Earlier this week, Chief of Police Mark Saunders apologized for the 1981 bathhouse raids that saw hundreds of gay men arrested.
“The Toronto Police Service regrets those actions” said Saunders during the annual Pride reception at police headquarters on June 22.
Saunders said that the Toronto police force has learned many lessons about how to work with the LGBTQ community for greater understanding and acceptance. In light of the tragic events in Orlando, police must support and protect those marginalized because of their sexual orientation.
Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes helped Saunders craft the historic statement. “My intention was to honour the people who went through the horror of that night,” said Brent.