5,000 signatures reached
To: Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council
Defund Toronto Police Services - Invest in Communities Instead
Keep poor and primarily racialized communities safe from police violence. Defund the Toronto Police Services and invest in proven, safe and just alternatives like increased mental health services, housing initiatives, harm reduction services, education, social workers, and other vital community-led health and safety initiatives. 
Why is this important?
With uprisings in the US and protests happening across the country, people are looking towards leaders to take concrete action to hold police accountable.
In Toronto, Black people are 20 times more likely to be shot dead by the police, and account for 70% of deadly police shootings even though Black people make up only 10% of the population. 
The increase in police violence against poor and racialized communities comes despite a ballooning police budget which, at $1.076 billion, is almost 25% of the city’s entire budget — more than firefighters, paramedics, social services and public housing combined. 
Instead of safety, communities are experiencing increased militarization and criminalization — with Toronto police buying military-grade weaponry, sound cannons, and surveillance technology. 
Body cams, civilian reviews, and implicit bias training aren’t working to reduce police violence.  Defunding the Toronto police and moving resources into community-led, non-violent public safety and outreach initiatives will reduce the harm policing causes and keep communities safe.
Initiatives like trained mental health first responders showing up to de-escalate crisis situations — and other alternatives to deadly police encounters that have been successful elsewhere. [7-8]
Black-led movements, leaders, and justice organizations are calling for defunding the Toronto police. Sign the petition to support these calls for better community safety and justice for the Black community.
For the full set of demands, or to send a letter to Toronto city councillors so they hear directly from residents, go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1roduncOZ_y0C_oWIMIQ6yV-13fZqck0i54RZoPSwYBw/edit
 2020 Toronto Police Budget - Call For Action/Defunding, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1roduncOZ_y0C_oWIMIQ6yV-13fZqck0i54RZoPSwYBw/edit
 The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/the-answer-to-police-violence-is-not-reform-its-defunding-heres-why
 The Guardian,
 Global News, https://globalnews.ca/news/6304853/toronto-police-2020-budget/
[5-6] The Huffington Post, https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/defund-police-canada-black-indigenous-lives_ca_5ed65eb2c5b6ccd7c56bdf7d
 The Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-mental-health-experts-not-police-are-the-first-responders-1543071600
 The American Sociological Review https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0003122417736289