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Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted a news conference last week as the Toronto police chief was unveiling a mural for the city's LGBT community.
According to a police news release, the mural is meant to celebrate the history, diversity and strength of Toronto’s LGBT community.
It was accompanied by a public apology from Chief Mark Saunders for the 1981 bathhouse raids, in which 286 men were arrested on charges of prostitution and indecency.
Black Lives Matter protesters, however, claimed it was all a publicity stunt, chanting, "No pride in police."
Toronto’s local Black Lives Matter co-founder Rodney Diverlus said the department's gesture was being "used to mask the reality of police relations among the queer and trans community, black people, indigenous people, sex workers, etc."
Constable David Hopkinson, a police spokesperson, disagreed, saying, "I believe the chief was heartfelt in his apology for the bathhouse raids. He was sincere in his words."