Toronto Police chief to apologise for ’81 raids targeting city’s gay community

Toronto’s police chief is set to apologise for raids on local bathhouses that explicitly targeted the city’s gay community more than three decades ago.

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Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says Mark Saunders plans to deliver the apology on Wednesday, but did not have further details.

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Douglas-Cook says Saunders will directly tackle a series of raids that took place in 1981, in which officers barged into four bathhouses and rounded up the people inside.

Nearly 300 people were arrested and charged with owning or being found in a common bawdy house.

More than 90 per cent of the charges were dropped in years to come, and the raids galvanised Toronto’s LGBTQ community to fight for their rights and find a political voice.

Read more at macleans.ca

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