Breaking: Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is resigning.
Saunders announced his resignation Monday afternoon. Saunders said he would be leaving the role as of July 31. “Thank you Toronto for working with me during my tenure,” Saunders said during a news conference. “It is something I'll cherish forever.”
Saunders replaced Bill Blair
, now the Liberal Public Safety Minister behind Trudeau’s latest gun grab
, as the city’s top cop in 2015. At the time, Saunders was a 32-year Toronto police veteran serving as deputy chief. His appointment made him the first black police chief in the city's
On Friday evening, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders took a knee alongside a group of “anti- racism” protesters on Yonge and College Streets. At least 1,000 people marched through the streets, beginning at Yonge and Bloor Streets.
At least one other police officer
was seen kneeling alongside the police chief. Footage of the incident posted by CityNews shows Saunders kneeling in the direction of a white activist.
Premier Doug Ford called Saunders’s actions as “true leadership.” and commended those who were participating and remained peaceful through the march - despite previously maligning anti-lockdown protestors
at Queens Park as “yahoos.”