Toronto police to review Pride security in wake of Florida shooting
Toronto police are speaking with investigators in Orlando to see whether they should make any security changes to local Pride events following the mass shooting inside a gay nightclub in Florida early Sunday.
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Police Chief Mark Saunders tweeted Sunday that local officers are “actively reassessing” security plans for the city’s month-long Pride events, a sentiment echoed by Pride Toronto who issued a statement saying it would “continue to work with our full security team” throughout the festival.
Toronto police have not made any decision about what, if any, changes should be made to Pride events in the city, Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said Sunday. Sidhu said the force’s LGBT liaison officer has reached out to counterparts in Florida and to Pride Toronto to assess any threats.
The celebratory nature of Pride has been already been shadowed by the shooting, with a candlelight vigil planned on Church Street Sunday night to honour the 50 who died and the 53 injured in the shooting at Pulse nightclub.
“Together we mourn the loss of life, and our hearts and thoughts go to the friends and families of those involved, a statement from Pride Toronto said. “As a community, we will together stand united during this painful and difficult time”.
Past Pride celebrations have been loving and inclusive, the director of LGBT organization the 519 said Sunday. And while John Farrell said that he expects organizers will review security plans, he does not believe there will be major changes to the events.
“We do take comfort in the fact that our Pride Month celebrations have existed for many years now and they have been marked by love, celebration and participation,” he said.