Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder under scrutiny for controversial tweet
Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Yusra Khogali is the centre of attention after Newstalk1010 radio host Jerry Agar posted this on Twitter:
— Jerry Agar (@jerryagar1010) April 5, 2016
The tweet from Feb. 9 was brought to light after a 15-day protest by Black Lives Matter Toronto that was held outside of police headquarters.
“I thought that it showed a double standard,” Jerry Agar, host from Newstalk1010, told Humber News.
“You have a co-founder of a group that is looking for equality, looking for respect, and then suddenly we see what looks like an anti-male, sexist and racist tweet. That’s how I reacted to it and I wanted to see how other people did.”
During the protests, the group asked the province to reform the Special Investigations Unit and create transparency with all police officers who have fatally shot people while on duty.
The protest began after Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit ruled last month that a Toronto police officer would not face charges for fatally shooting Andrew Loku, who was wielding a hammer in an apartment building last July.
In the incident, the officer was backed into a corner and fearing a serious attack when he shot the 45-year-old man at a distance of two to three metres, which the ruling said was a justifiable use of force.
— BlackLivesMatter TO (@BLM_TO) April 1, 2016
The rally concluded at Queen’s Park where Premier Kathleen Wynne agreed to meet privately and publicly with the coalition.
Because the reasonably angry tweet of a Black, Muslim woman has made more news than the killings of Black people by police. #IStandWithYusra
— Britt Caron (@briketysplit) April 7, 2016
— Rima Berns-McGown (@rimabernsm) April 7, 2016
Khogalia’s Twitter account is set to private and has yet to comment publicly about her tweet.