Plans are in the works to increase security for Pride Toronto in the wake of the massacre at a gay club in Orlando over the weekend, but organizers say they do not want more uniformed police officers patrolling Pride events and Toronto police say they understand the concern.
Citing the “challenging relationship” some members of the LGBT community have with police, Pride Toronto Executive Director Mathieu Chantelois said an increased presence of uniformed officers is “not ideal.”
“We have to consider that many marginalized groups of our community have a very challenging relationship with police. So for us the solution is a very sophisticated plan. It’s definitely not to just double the amount of police in uniforms,” Chantelois said on Monday after meeting with Toronto Police, the RCMP and staff from the Prime Minister’s office.
Chantelois said the plan to not increase the number of uniformed officers was made mutually with Toronto police, the RCMP and the Prime Minister’s Office, which took part in a Pride security review meeting because Justin Trudeau will march in the parade..
“They knew this was not the answer,” Chantelois said.
Toronto Police LGBT Liaison Officer Danielle Bottineau understands the concern Pride organizers have.
“That’s of significance,” she said
Chantelois wouldn’t specify the other ways security will be increased, saying the plan is confidential and still being developed.