Members of Toronto’s homeless community and their supporters say they will fight charges that were leveled against them after authorities removed encroachments from the city’s parks this summer.
He says people over 50 face a variety of charges and stamps, which he argues should be dropped.
Violence erupted at various points in recent months after police officers rushed to clear homeless camps in Toronto parks.
The group, which expressed concern outside Mayor John Tory’s condo on Thursday morning, says some people were broken bones, bruised and cut in the operation after clashes with police.
In an update on Thursday, police said they had made three more arrests and were also released pictures of eight people The protests and clashes that took place outside the 14th Division on 21 July, related to the garrison clearing at Lamport Stadium.
Police said eight people are wanted for offenses such as possession of dangerous weapons, assault with a weapon, assault and obstruction.
Homeless advocates had gathered in the park to protest the cleaning of the park, which led to a confrontation with the police. The police allege that people threw things at the officers and beat them up and arrests were made at that time.
A crowd gathered outside the 14 Division after the protest in the park. Police allege that people threw items including soup cans at the officers on offer and assaulted them.
“Anyone photographed is encouraged to turn themselves into the nearest police station. If anyone recognizes any of the people who were photographed, they are urged to contact the police, the police said in a release.
Police have said they were supporting city workers in the cleanup drive and “enforced” it as a last resort.
At the start of the pandemic, hundreds of people fled Toronto’s homeless shelters for fear of contracting COVID-19, setting up tents in parks across the city. The city preserves the shelter system, and the city council passed a resolution to abolish the camps.