Black Lives Matter protesters block Allen Expressway at Eglinton Ave. - CityNews
Outraged over the recent deaths of two men shot by police, Black Lives Matter protesters are blocking the Allen Expressway at Eglinton Avenue.
About 200 people gathered just steps away from where Andrew Loku was fatally shot by police, eventually walking onto the expressway.
At around 7:30 p.m., they took over the street, blocking traffic. Some motorists turned around and drove the wrong way down the shoulder to avoid the escalating situation.
Video posted on the Black Lives Matter Twitter account shows protesters linked by the arms, shouting, “Shut it down, shut it down!”
680 NEWS reporter Mark Douglas says protesters were moving from the northbound, to southbound lanes, and seem to be preparing to clear the roadway altogether, discussing exit plans on a megaphone at around 9 p.m.
On July 5, Loku was allegedly armed with a hammer and banging on a neighbour’s door over a noise complaint when police arrived on the scene. Minutes later the 45-year-old man was dead.
The province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the shooting but protesters said they’re concerned justice will not be done – especially after the SIU cleared a Peel police officer of any wrong doing in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Carby.
Carby was shot three times after the car he was in was pulled over near Kennedy Road North and Queen Street East around 10 p.m. on Sept. 24.
The SIU said Carby pulled out a knife and began moving toward the officers, goading them to shoot him after they questioned him about outstanding warrants from British Columbia and a criminal record.
However, the SIU acknowledged that an officer removed the knife from the scene, leading some to question if the evidence was planted to justify the shooting.
“The SIU denied him justice. How can we sit idly and wait for the SIU to do the same to Andrew Loku?” protest organizers said in a posting on Facebook.
Black Lives Matter protesters previously crashed a Toronto Police Services Board meeting to demand answers about Loku’s death.
Just as the monthly meeting got underway on July 16, about a dozen protesters read off a list of demands, including when the use-of-force model will be revised.
Neighbours described Loku has a helpful, sweet, non-threatening guy who had never an outburst like this before.