Written by Patience Adamu

Today is seven days since a young man drove a rented vehicle onto the sidewalk in North York, Toronto and killed 10 Canadians, seriously injuring 15 others.

As Torontonians, we all were struck by different aspects of the event, but I was most struck by how close it felt. We have heard these stories before, from places in the U.S. and across Europe. But we know these things, and we naively know that they are not supposed to happen in Canada.

Really what I’d like to speak about is how the police take down occurred. The officer did not harm the young man, he disarmed him emotionally, spiritually; the young man was afraid. The police officer was not.

In an age where we see so many frightened police officers who shoot unarmed men and women of colour (often repeatedly), it was rather beautiful to see a police officer that was unafraid. A police officer who was strong. In addition to the police officer’s demonstration of strength, is the city’s demonstration of strength.

I have never been prouder to call this place home. And I have never believed more, that Toronto is the best place on earth.

Diversity our strength.

My sincerest condolences to those who lost someone during the incident on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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